AVERAGE FEES charged by consultants for graduate engineers have soared by 10% in the last year, research published this week shows.
Graduates are now charged out at an average of £33 per hour.
The highest paid London graduates are charged out at the same rate as chartered engineers in the North and Scotland.
The research was carried out by Mirza & Nacey Research in association with NCE. Data was provided by questionnaire from civil engineering firms and related to work carried out over the 18 months to July 2002.
Respondents provided data on some 990 projects worth £5bn.
Above graduate level, rises in hourly rates have been less dramatic. There has also been little change in fees charged as a percentage of project value.
The average fee for new build civil engineering work has increased by about 0.5% for jobs up to £5M, beyond which the fee is static or declining. Fees have also remained static for refurbishment jobs over £2M, but there has been a marginal decline in amounts charged on projects worth less than £2M.
Refurbishment work on projects using bills of quantities generates the best returns, with average fees of 7.9% of cost.
In new build, water and wastewater projects using fixed price contracts command fees of 5.2% on average, while rail projects generate fees of just 3.2%.
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