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Pay claim

In The Times on 9 January 2007, a letter was published from the ICE director-general, Tom Foulkes, under the heading of 'Attract the young to engineering'.

Foulkes claims that "graduates in this profession now earn an average of £37,000 a year" as evidenced by the recent ICE salary survey.

Whilst he may wish to put a positive spin on the civil engineering profession, his comments are little short of a fraudulent misrepresentation of the facts.

Could he please advise the readers of NCE where a graduate should apply to earn this sum upon leaving university, let alone how he can state that this is an average.

In the general public's perception a graduate salary is just that – a salary that a graduate will be paid when he/she graduates and in truth is probably little more than half the £37,000 he quoted.

Whilst most within the profession understand that the "average graduate salary" from the ICE salary survey is the average salary of all graduates of whatever age and seniority, Foulkes has done us a disservice by choosing to publicise a deceptive figure.

CHARLES M ROBERTS (F), chasmroberts@aol.com

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