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Were events last week devastating to the construction industry's image?

Last week the Office of Fair Trading (OFT) revealed it was investigating 112 contractors for cover pricing or over pricing and we also discovered that three men had been jailed for shocking racist bullying in the West Midlands.

These revelations are more disturbing because the industry is desperate to attract people into Civil Engineering, not only because it is a great industry to work in, but because we need skilled young people to build our new infrastructure.

Do you think that the revelations last week have significantly damaged industry's reputation?

Have you been privy to cover pricing/over pricing? Is cover pricing/over pricing corruption, or just the way to do business?

Are we able to attract the young people we need after last week's news?

We want to hear your views.

Please respond to the poll opposite - Have you witnessed cover pricing/over pricing in civil engineering? - we want to know how prevalent this practice is.

Email us on and let us know your views and your experiences, but make sure you let us know whether you would be happy for us to use your name or not.

The NCE team.

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