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‘Give us a stronger image’, members tell ICE

The ICE is not doing enough to raise the profile of civil engineers professionally and politically and subscription rates remain an issue, according to the ICE’s latest membership survey.

Less respondents this year

Overall satisfaction with the ICE was the same as last year, with a 70.3% satisfaction rating. There was a drop in respondents, with 6,794 members replying, compared to 8,032 in 2010. This means about 8.9% of the membership replied in 2011.

But members gave the ICE 61.2% for its efforts to raise the profile of civil engineers and 58% for its influence on politicians and decision makers. Satisfaction with subscription levels scored 61%.

CPD scores highly

Most members were pleased with the past year’s focus on Continuing Professional Development (CPD) requirements, with satisfaction in the now-compulsory training rising from 2010. Respondents also reacted positively to the regional services they were offered, with a small rise from 65.1% satisfaction in 2010 to 65.6% in 2011.

There was a drop in ICE membership satisfaction with NCE magazine from last year, with an overall satisfaction rating of 74.4%, a -3.1% change since 2010.

The ICE carried out its survey in February. The survey was carried out by independent body The Leadership Factor.

“Clearly we need to communicate improvements and other ICE work more effectively via improved channels.”

ICE President Peter Hansford

ICE President Peter Hansford said: “This survey is a valuable tool for us in finding out what is important to our members and where we need to focus our efforts going forwards.

“We’re pleased that members’ overall satisfaction with ICE has not fallen from last year, and that ICE’s continued work to maintain high standards for membership are driving satisfaction.

“However, we also need to focus on those areas where members are less satisfied, or perhaps where progress isn’t so visible.

“Our ‘public voice’ work to raise the profile of civil engineers and influence politicians is a good example of this.
“Satisfaction in this area remains low despite a significant increase in media coverage and strong relationships with key decision makers.

“Clearly we need to communicate these improvements and other ICE work more effectively via improved channels.”

To download the survey, visit the MyICE section at

Readers' comments (1)

  • Michael Paul

    Dear sir,
    If only 8.9% of the membership responded - a relative drop (6794 to 8032) of 15% compared to last year, then in my opinion the ICE should be doing some serious thinking as to why the majority of the membership didn't bother to respond, instead of trying to recognise trends from what must be regarded as an unrepresentatively small sample. Presumably "The Leadership Factor", who carried out the survey, has comprable return values from other surveys. From experience I would have expected that at least a 20% response would be achievable, which doesn't seem to say much for the enthusiasm or interest of a large part of the membership. Clearly the ICE must explore other paths to find out what the majority really thinks, or how much they care about what goes on in the ICE.
    Personally I'm disappointed, having been informed in February that someone from "the relevant team" would contact me - I'm still waiting....
    Mike Paul, Stuttgart, Germany

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