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Graduates slam ICE salary survey

Graduate civil engineer salaries quoted in the recent Institution of Civil Engineers (ICE) survey were this week slammed by GSNet, the ICE graduate and student committee, as misleading and unhelpful.

After a frank and open discussion over what GSNet members felt were misleading figures in the report, the ICE agreed to review the way the information is reported in future surveys.

At the heart of GSNet’s concerns was the assertion by the survey that the average graduate salary had risen by more than 19% in the past two years to £34,000.

“What we are interested in is the starting salary for graduates, and what they can expect to earn in the first five years of their career,” said incoming GSNet chairman Richard Crawford after the meeting.

He pointed out that the ICE’s salary survey provided a key benchmark for graduates and students and very often influenced their decision to join or remain in the profession.

“We are not going to keep them in civil engineering if they think, from this survey, that they should be earning £34,000 as a graduate member but in reality are only getting offered around £20,000 when they leave university,” he said.

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