It is unlikely that many employers will raise graduate salaries as suggested by Professor Fleming.
When a consultant can make 100% profit in fees from a graduate charged out at near chartered engineers' rates what incentive does he have to increase graduate salaries or encourage graduates to become chartered?
Graduates are being used to offset the reduced profit from senior engineers and if graduate numbers continue to fall profit margins will also. I fear a reduction in graduates could spell the end for some firms.
Jon Page (G), 28 Marlpool Lane, Kidderminster, Worcs, DY11 5DD