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Scarce youth push up salaries

A SHORTAGE of young civil engineers is driving up salaries, according to new research published this week.

Figures gathered for this year's NCE/ICE Salary Survey show that pay rises for Associate Members and Graduates outstripped their Chartered colleagues.

A typical Graduate or Associate Member is 33 years old and earns £21,000 - 5.1% more than a year ago and well above the 2.6% underlying rate of inflation for the same period. Fellows and Members - aged 53 and 44 respectively - saw their earnings rise by only1% to £32,000.

Senior consultant at recruitment specialist Hays Montrose David Cairncross also confirmed that younger engineers were now able to move jobs to reach the best position as soon as possible. Pay rises of 50%, he added, were 'not uncommon' among engineers now ready for a move.

lisar@construct.emap.co.uk

(see feature page 20)

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