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Civils still score low on chartered salary scale

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CHARTERED CIVIL engineers earn less than most other engineers, a report published by the Engineering & Technology Board (ETB) revealed last month.

Chartered IT professionals, chemical, electrical, and mechanical engineers all earn more than chartered civil engineers and only chartered structural engineers come below civil engineers in the ETB 2005 survey of registered engineers.

Of the random sample of 10,052 registered engineers, 34.4% took part, of which 249 were chartered ICE members.

Engineering Council (UK) (ECUK) chief executive Andrew Ramsay was 'surprised' by the report's fi ndings.

He said: 'I don't think chartered civil engineers get paid as well as their qualification should require.' Ramsay blamed low profi margins on civil and structural engineering projects for the diminished salary.

'Using crude economics, the salary people are paid relates to the profi tability of a job, which is generally low in civil engineering, ' he said.

Chartered civil engineers earn on average £48,168 while chartered structural engineers earn just £46,647, compared with a chartered chemical engineer who earns £59,358.

He added that civil engineers were also being paid less because they were not being employed to their full potential.

'If more technicians were employed [at a lower salary] to take on graduate roles, then chartered engineers could be used more effectively, ' he added.

The ICE's salary survey in January this year put chartered civil engineers' average salary at £47,000.

INFOPLUS Visit www. nceplus. co. uk to view the report

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