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Staying power

Just how good an employer is your company? Which companies would you most like to work for? The NCE Employer Review 2009 will have the answers.

How is your employer faring in the recession in terms of sympathetic treatment of staff and valuing good work? How do you as a company compare to your peers in terms of being a good, socially responsible employer? And if you are a client, how good is the company you are thinking of hiring at training, developing and recruiting the graduates and experienced staff that will keep it at the cutting edge?

Whether you’re a seasoned engineer, a company manager or a new graduate, the NCE Employer Review 2009 will provide that information.

The Review provides a side-by-side comparison of the major firms, their business cultures, salary credentials and opportunities for development.

Now in its second year, the Review provides a side-by-side comparison of the major firms, their business cultures, salary credentials and opportunities for development. NCE brings all that information together, saving you from making endless enquiries.

Whether you want to know about starting salaries, paid holiday, staff promotions, charitable donations or paternity leave, the NCE Employer Review is an invaluable resource.

The time is now for companies to secure their place in this year’s review. An application form can be downloaded from, and completed forms must be received by 23 September.

Being listed in the review has obvious benefits. This is your chance to show potential employees, clients and competitors what your character and strengths are, and to highlight the good things you can offer.

This is a chance to show potential employees, clients and competitors your character and strengths.

You can also publicise your commitments to diversity, philanthropic causes and the engineering community, and reveal how you are supporting your employees through the recession.

Employers will also be asked to confidentially reveal the salary of their highest paid civil engineer to prove that the sector can compete with other professions on salaries.

Engineers will be the lynchpin of success in meeting the challenges of the 21st century. Attracting and retaining talented employees now can ensure a thriving future for your company.

Employer Review awards

The NCE Employer Review also has its own awards scheme to identify and celebrate those companies which are leading the way in certain aspects of working life. The awards categories are:

  • Best for career development
  • Best for valuing employees
  • Best for sustainable projects
  • Best for innovative projects
  • Best for corporate citizenship
  • Best for recognising technical talent

The six awards are designed to reflect the issues of highest importance to engineers when it comes to choosing − or staying with − an employer.

The judges include: Crossrail talent and resources director Valerie Todd; Chartered Institute of Personnel & Development head of HR practice development Vanessa Robinson; NCE editor Antony Oliver; and Emap performance director Tracey Gray.

Entry to the awards requires a statement on no more than two sides of A4 explaining why your firm should win. Entries must be received by 23 September. Judging takes place in October, and shortlisted entrants must provide a maximum of three people for a brief interview.

  • The employers’ questionnaire and awards guidelines, plus more details on the NCE Employer Review 2009, can be downloaded from

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