I am amazed that none of the correspondents commenting on Adrian Long's letter suggesting that clients would not notice a 20% hike in civil engineers' salaries (NCE 6 July) saw its real point, in spite of a broad clue dropped in the letter's last sentence.
The letter is based on a spurious calculation concerning the impact of the rise. 350 x 106 x 12 x 9 = 0.03 (or 3%)- not 0.03% as printed in the letter.
Alas, 3% is more than the entire profit margin on many civil engineering contracts.
And yet there have been no letters from your non-GSOH readers pointing out the 'howler' and no wistful letters from the more aware readers on how the cut-throat price competition ruins the industry and squeezes dry its professionals.
A M Podhalicz, 1A Mid Street, Shandwick, Tain, Ross-shire IV20 1UT