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A sign of the times on our news pages this week. One of the bigger consulting engineering groups, Acer, is cutting 55 jobs. Not a large number by the scale of construction industry cutbacks, though none the less distressing for those involved.The significance of this cut, though, is its nature, not its number. Consulting engineers have, in the past, been better insulated than most against the cold blasts of recession. In the recession of the early 1980s, employment of engineering professionals .

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