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Low aspirations rather than pay is real threat

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What a slap in the face for our professionalism (Letters, AJ 27.2.03). It seems Jean Devine is misinterpreting the value of the occupation. The minimum wage is generally for unskilled labour, not graduate employees.

Look on the McDonald's website. A graduate from any field is welcome to take up a post at the minimum of £17,000 to up to £20,000 a year, throughout the UK.

I think it is no surprise that new students are looking to interior design as a three-year graduate profession, when architects are confronted with low aspirations from their mentors when they graduate. I think Jean Devine and other managers within the profession have to take stock of their skills and ask fundamental questions, such as 'are you charging the right fees for the work?' And, if so, 'how long should the work take?'

Moreover, 'can you really afford to pay staff at the professional rate?'Good management should take you out of that rut as a low salary payer. Time-management courses are often worthwhile in these situations.

Gunther Pelsi, Hoxton, London

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