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Poor pay not enough to deter civils graduates

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MORE CIVILS graduates go on to work in their profession than any other science, engineering or technology graduate, the Engineering Technology Board (ETB) revealed this week.

This is despite the fact that median starting salaries for civil engineers is the lowest out of all engineering disciplines.

Sixty-eight percent of civils graduates entered the profession within six months of leaving university last year. In comparison, just 49% of mechanical engineering graduates and 25% of electronic and electrical engineering graduates chose to do so.

Yet civils graduates earned just £20,000 on average, £4,000 less than chemical engineers, the highest earning discipline.

Mechanical engineering graduates earn £21,000, and electronic and electrical graduates £20,800.

ETB senior research executive Barry Cleasby said that the buoyant civil engineering job market had attracted 'savvy' school students to enter the profession.

'There's the combination of lots of exciting jobs and many UK fi ms being world leaders which can tell fi nal year undergraduates about their projects, ' he said.

ETB's survey also revealed that engineering graduates who chose to leave the profession earn on average £35,000 as investment bankers, £28,500 as management consultants and £24,000 as accountants.

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