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Laughing all the way to the bank?

Letters

I only stopped laughing when I started crying yesterday after reading your headline article on salaries (NCE last week).

Having been employed in public water authorities and several consultancies in Scotland and Northern Ireland it appears I must always be the one who is laughed about at the coffee machine for accepting such a low salary. I am juggling bills to pay the mortgage while the others are blowing their £6k bonus on a Caribbean beano.

Have you looked at the back pages of NCE recently?

The figure stated on the front cover can be revealed as totally unrealistic by the recruitment pages.

It would do the industry a great favour, and reduce the disillusionment felt by qualified engineering personnel if you would not print these fantasy survey results each and every year. They are completely unrepresentative and are always met with incredulity by my colleagues.

A 9.3% response to a sample population can hardly be regarded as significant and anyone with an elementary knowledge of social surveys will be able to see that the results are flawed by the limited response.

It is time NCE commissioned a comprehensive survey to find the true nature of what this industry laughingly pays its highly qualified and professional staff.

Stephen Burns, Stephen.Burns@mottmac.com

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