Your browser is no longer supported

For the best possible experience using our website we recommend you upgrade to a newer version or another browser.

Your browser appears to have cookies disabled. For the best experience of this website, please enable cookies in your browser

We'll assume we have your consent to use cookies, for example so you won't need to log in each time you visit our site.
Learn more

Irate of pay

It annoyed me that a year or so ago, the government said that there was a shortage of engineers, especially those with computer skills and that they were considering importing engineers from abroad.

I then turned to the vacancy pages, only to find a host of adverts for graduate engineers with experience, starting at around £15,000. There are many examples of very low starting salaries - I have seen technicians offered work at £9,267 a year and graduate engineers at just £13,914.

With graduates ending up with a minimum of £15,000 debt and having missed out on three years work at say £12,000 pa, it has cost them - or their parents - some £50,000 for the privilege.

Sadly they often get jobs at a lower starting salary than their friends who have been working for the last three years. No wonder bright A level students avoid engineering.

D Wilson (M), David Wilson, david. wilson@classicfm. net

Have your say

You must sign in to make a comment

Please remember that the submission of any material is governed by our Terms and Conditions and by submitting material you confirm your agreement to these Terms and Conditions. Please note comments made online may also be published in the print edition of New Civil Engineer. Links may be included in your comments but HTML is not permitted.