If the top 10 firms for technical excellence in the NCE100 have anything in common, it is their passion for the role of the civil engineer.
The top 10 technical excellence firms in the NCE100 employ 54,167 people between them, of which 19,529 are qualified engineers – 36% of their combined workforces.
Proving themselves to be better than average, the top 10 have 68 civil engineers sitting on executive boards, including three firms: Thomasons, AKTII and Tony Gee & Partners, whose boards are made up entirely of civil engineers. Eight out of the top ten have a chief executive who is a civil engineer.
Demonstrating that technical best-practice is shared among many of the technical excellence top 10, 553 senior managers sit on industry panels and boards, with 153 of all staff getting involved in industry committees and professional knowledge-sharing groups.
In addition there are 110 ICE reviewers across the top 10.
Graduate numbers are impressive too. A total of 602 graduates joined the top 10 technical excellence firms this year – with Atkins taking on 321 graduates alone. And 179 apprentices were developed through to a professional qualification.
And it’s not just the big players who make it into the top 10.
Smaller firms such as consultant Conisbee prove that size doesn’t matter when it comes to technical excellence and they can complete on a level playing field with the international giants.