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Fewer engineers - more money

Letters

Roy Thurgood (NCE 27 January) quotes the average salary for chartered engineers as £44,000. This is true, but for civil engineers the figure is only £30,000.

Graduate salaries in civil engineering are comparable with other careers, the differences emerge slowly, but inexorably.

What is the Institution's response to this? Increase membership. Our salaries are governed by the laws of supply and demand. Too many engineers are chasing too little work.

One of the roles of the Institution should be to balance its membership with the workload available, aiming as a starting point to ensure that civils' salaries are comparable to those of other branches of the engineering profession.

Has anyone worked out by how much we would have to reduce the membership so that our average salary equalled that of other chartered engineers?

Roger C Button (M), 4 Beaufort Place, Larkhall, Bath BA1 6RP

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