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Skills facts

Civils 2002 NCE live debates

What engineers say 75% feel overworked.

82% feel undervalued.

64% have considered leaving the industry in the last year.

76% have been tempted to leave their company in the last year.

53% are looking for a new job.

94% say their employer has vacancies.

84% believe the skills shortage should be addressed through higher pay, and 56% better benefits.

69% say their employer needs graduates, 72% are looking for qualified engineers and over a third need mid-career and senior engineers.

Only 15% of students on UK civils courses and less than 10% of the workforce are women.

Graduates' starting pay is £16,500, rising to £26,350 for a chartered engineer and £30,750 for a senior engineer.

Just 24% of employers are tackling skills shortages by stumping up higher pay, 10% are improving employee benefits and 3%have stepped up training.

It takes an average of five years and three months to attain chartered status.

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