I felt compelled to write in response to the letter 'Stop whinging and take the pain' (NCE 9/30 December 1999).
Following graduation I worked for a major consultancy for six years, during which time I was able to buy a house, get married, and pass my Civils. Soon after this my wife, a chemist earning 50% more than me, became pregnant and gave up work to raise our child. Living in London with a wife, child andmortgage to support is just not possible as a charteredcivil engineering designer on a salary of £22,000.
This is low enough toqualify for Working Families Tax Credits, effectively meaning that the household income is below the 'poverty line'.
For fellow engineers to talk of whinging graduates displays the very reason that the 'profession' is losing quality graduates and chartered engineers.
Steve Cross (M), email@example.com