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Missing cousins

Those of us above a certain age can remember a time when workers were recruited from the Commonwealth to staff essential but underpaid services like driving buses and trains.

Now that the average chartered civil engineer earns less than most train drivers it seems only appropriate that our colonial cousins should be drafted in again. This time to ensure that a potential shortage of engineering skills will not allow salaries to rise to levels that would attract UK graduates to the profession.

Roger Button, 4 Beaufort Place, Larkhall, Bath BA1 6RP

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