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Shameful situation

It was with great dismay that I read Philippa Laidlar's letter (NCE 3 April) in which she outlined the difficulties experienced in finding part-time employment to enable her to work flexibly following a career break due to having two children.

It is important to state that the Institution of Civil Engineers is committed to a policy of equal opportunities. This policy applies to members of all grades, employees and applicants. The Institution also encourages its members to follow a similar equal opportunities policy in their workplaces. ICE actively promotes flexible working patterns for women, and for men.

In the past, work-life balance was considered a women's issue. It is now recognised as a business imperative for attracting and retaining highly productive employees of both sexes.

CAROLINE CLELAND, chairman, ICEfloe (Fair Level Open and Equal),

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