I was interested to note that in the week that NCE published its salary survey (6 June 2002), Lord Phillips, Master of the Rolls, expressed slight unease about the incomes of lawyers - top solicitors at £1M a year and barristers at £1.5M a year.
Rather than castigate lawyers, I must praise them.
They should be admired for their enterprise. No risk taking here of the ludicrous proportions accepted by engineers on a daily basis.
I think it highly unlikely that a qualified lawyer or accountant would get out of bed for the average salary of qualified engineering director in our profession (£58K). As for the average salary of a university professor (£49K), that's material for a slap-stick comedy.
The really humorous thing is that the present salary rates of engineers are lauded by NCE as being 'on the up!' And indeed they are - by about 30% over a three year period. If we keep on at this rate, and assuming that lawyers can only manage 15% on their salaries, I calculate that we will draw level with them about - never!
So lads and lassies keep up the good work and give thanks to the professional Institutions that have looked after our interests so well for the last 100 years. Also remember that you will get your reward in the next life.
Brian Clancy, brian. clancy@btinternet.