Many of the replies to NCE's questionnaire contained additional comments about the problems faced in the profession. In fact, many felt driven to write whole essays on the subject. The best are reprinted here:
'The rewards of qualification do not match the huge effort involved.'
'Site working is fraught with dangers to family life.'
'Pay is inadequate to compensate for debts incurred by four year degree courses.'
'The industry lacks visionaries or figureheads like Richard Branson.'
'Young engineers soon feel that their managers are desperate men, lurching from crisis to crisis.'
'We are cramped by a public sector culture.'
'Clients couldn't give a toss about quality; they only want the cheapest prices.'
'The use of IT is very restricted.'
'Ridiculously short time scales are set by clients to undertake difficult problems.'
'Graduates are too technically focused.'
'Experience based qualifications such as IEng are still not being recognised.'
'The industry suffers from a general lack of trust.'
'There is too much poorly structured legislation and regulation.'
'Universities are training too many graduates.'
'Architects take too much credit.'