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Poor pay keeps civils in short supply


I keep hearing and reading about shortages of trained civil engineers and how employers have been experiencing this phenomenon for months. But I cannot identify employers' willingness to stop the slide when I see the number of advertisements offering qualified, experienced engineers salaries below £25K.

Today's young enthusiasts have access to the terms and conditions of most professions.

When they see that civil engineers at senior (director/ associate) level can only command a salary equivalent to ordinary posts in other professions, they start questioning their future commitment to civil engineering and begin to lose interest.

Employers should act quickly by re-evaluating their current remuneration packages to avoid losing existing staff and attract new generations into civil engineering.

For its part the ICE should encourage and perhaps assist large organisations such as the ACE and local authorities to formulate a strategy for 'attractive remuneration' packages for civil engineers.

Adnan S Naeeni (M), 4 Pulford Close, Norwich CW9 8FS

I have recently read the article questioning why university entry levels for civil engineering have been consistently dropping over the past few years (NCE 1 June).

Not a very profound problem one would think, but this debate on whether we should lower standards to gain more students is utter rubbish: why do we not all wake up to the fact that the main reason for any lack of up and coming engineers is the poor pay they will have to endure as a result of several years gruelling study.

Give the students some credit.

They only have to look at the remuneration in other fields, for example finance, IT etc: that and that alone is the reason for dismissing engineering as a career.

Until this industry starts to pay a wage which reflects the academic input, I am afraid the figure will keep declining.

Bob Scott, (M) Scott Shedden Partnership, Kebbell House, Delta Gain, Carpenders Park, Watford, Herts WD1 5EF

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