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I was concerned to read (NCE 2 May) that the ICE has lost more than 10% of its members in the last two years - and that at a time when UK civil engineering is apparently booming, and significant efforts are being made to attract overseas members.

Am I alone in thinking that something must be radically wrong in our approach, and that a shake-up is needed to reverse this trend? Otherwise there is the distinct possibility of a downward spiral, with subscriptions increasing by 3.8% to make up for declining numbers making ICE increasingly unattractive - or just plain too expensive - for those of us who remain.

Certainly with the current situation in the industry here in Germany, my annual pay rise this year will be much less than 3.8% and as I am rapidly approaching 50 it is not likely that a job change will increase my fortunes.

Mike Paul, senior engineer, Ed Zueblin, Stuttgart, Germany

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