I read the article about the Environment Agency's difficulties recruiting flood engineers and felt compelled to comment.
The senior government flooding adviser implies that the cause of these shortages is a lack of suitably qualified flood engineers. I would beg to differ and suggest that perhaps the salaries offered by the Environment Agency are more likely the cause of staff shortages.
Recent advertisements in local press for Agency administration staff show higher salaries than those offered for technical staff.
In some cases, it seeks chartered engineers for salaries similar to those offered in the private sector for raw graduates.
If this issue is causing the government particular concern, perhaps the answer is to review the rewards offered.
Michelle Gumbrell, principal project manager, Earth Tech Engineering, Michelle_Gumbrell@ earthtech. co. uk