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What's in a title?


Over 40 years ago my father said: 'I know that civil engineering is not a well-paid profession but I think that it will improve.' Regrettably he was wrong.

I was, therefore, not surprised that NCE's pay analysis (NCE last week) reminded me of the same old hackneyed statements that I have heard throughout my career as a civil engineer.

Straight and Crooked Thinking by Robert H Thoules exposes the fallacious and illogical arguments that are used every day by politicians and others. Many of these techniques are used to prevent engineers being adequately rewarded for their efforts.

What has ICE done to advance the status of the chartered engineer? Well, it keeps changing the training regime and qualication requirements, and talks endlessly about reorganisation and mergers, but to be honest it has done very little.

The title of 'engineer' can be used by anyone and although civil engineers are expected to be professional, society will not treat them as such or even know what they do.

The UK is a market economy.

So while supply is low and demand is high engineers should take what is justly theirs. They can still be professional without being low paid.

Mike Naylor (M), recessus@hotmail. co. uk

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