AVERAGE FEES charged by civil engineering consultants for work carried out by senior chartered civil engineers in the UK are just £45 an hour, according to research published this week.
The first ever study of civil engineering fees also shows that on average, between 1.5% and 6.7% of project value goes to consultants.
The percentage figure falls as project value increases so that fees charged as a proportion of a £100,000 newbuild job are nearly double the 3.8% charged for a £1M project.
But the research also highlights that 26% of newbuild jobs are charged out with fees of less than 2% of project value. In total 65% of consultants charged less than 4% of the project value for their work.
The research was carried out by Mirza & Nacey Research in association with NCE. Questions were formulated after extensive consultation with practising consultants and eventually sent to all those working in the UK across 20 sectors.
The research pulls together data from some 980 construction projects carried out by civil engineering firms in the UK over the 16 months to September 2000.
In total the work reported was worth over £3.5bn, with around 40% from the water and transport sectors.
Infrastructure refurbishment work on projects using bills of quantities generates the best returns for civil engineers with average fees of 8.7%.