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Working hard

Regarding ‘How Tube Lines won the war on costs’ (Doing The Job, 31 January).

I must take Linda Miller to task. She said: "People have a personal pride in their job. I don't think you can get contract workers to invest themselves in a project in the same way.” What nonsense.

Visit any major project - especially in the oil and gas sector - and you will find at least 85 per cent of the management and supervisory staff are on 'contract'.

Look round at 18:00, 19:00, 20:00 and beyond on a project, it’s almost invariably the 'contractors' - mostly on a day rate - that are holding the fort, dealing with late concrete pours, permits to work, preparing reports, drafting ITTs, evaluating tenders, etc.

We 'contractors' are only as good as our last job - a greater spur to professionalism than a protected 'staff' position.

Generally we are less than 40 per cent of the cost of equivalent staff - note the word 'cost' not 'pay' - before we even consider hours worked per year.

David A Roberts
Contract Consultant