THE DECLINE in ICE membership appears to have bottomed out, finance director Ian Powney told ICE Council last week.
Powney said that the substantial fall in members recorded in 2001, when numbers fell by almost 5%, has proved to be a one-off problem rather than the start of a trend. He also confirmed that the subscription income budget for the year has already been exceeded.
Total membership is now just under 73,000, but is forecast to decline at only 0.2% per annum over the next two years.
'It seems the 2001 fall in subscriptions was a merely a blip, and that subscriptions have stabilised, ' said Powney. 'This now gives us a real opportunity to start increasing the number of working members.'
Council members were quick to urge caution, however, pointing out that in 2000/01 the intake to accredited civil engineering courses was at its lowest level since 1977.