It has become a recurrent theme in NCE that, as a body, civil engineers are underappreciated. This may well be the case but what are we going to do about it?
We will only be paid on the perceived value of work we do.
If all engineers offered the same service and the same solution then fixed fees would be eminently sensible. However if we, as engineers, demonstrate, through the quality of our work, that we add value then we are not looking at a fee competition but a market price.
If we feel we are undervalued we should do something to demonstrate the value we can add to a process. If, having demonstrated that value, we continue to feel undervalued then we are all free to move - to another employer or to self employment. This involves taking risks with our future.
Those who take the best decisions based on a sound understanding of the risks will probably do better than those who hope that things will change because they complain.
Tim Lohmann (M), email@example.com