A quantity surveyor works out exactly how much a house costs to construct and keeps a close eye on finances - from the first budget to the final bill. A Quantity Surveyors job is very varied, from working in the office and regularly visiting sites to producing material and sub-contractor control reports. This career suits people who are very good with figures and enjoy the challenge of "balancing the books" – managing the important financial paperwork throughout complex processes associated with building houses.
Preparing tender and contract documents
Working out the cost of any remedial repair and maintenance work
Weighing up commercial risks
Allocating and managing work to subcontractors
Valuing completed work and arranging payments
Newly trained quantity surveyors can earn in the region of £22,000.
Trained with experience quantity surveyors can earn in the region of £28,000-£45,000 and up to £60,000.
Earnings typically depend on location, employer, the stage of your training, your hours worked and the opportunity to work overtime. Please also note that the pay rate figures have come from a variety of reliable sources including:
- National Home Builders
- Home Builder's Sub-Contractors
- The Home Builders Federation
- Construction Recruitment Agencies
Qualifications We Offer
- Apprenticeship in Construction Contracting (Quantity Surveying) which currently includes a Diploma and NVQ at Level 3 (Or Scottish Equivalent) or Degree Apprenticeship in Construction Management (Quantity Surveying)
Achieve the following through a work-based or doing a surveying apprenticeship.
- Some employers are willing to fund a part-time degree or top-up course for school leavers.
- Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS)
- Chartered Institute of Building (CIOB)
When a trainee or graduate has some experience in the role they can help clients to get construction projects started, or advise on the maintenance costs of specific buildings.
Once you have several years of experience in the role, you can continue your development by working towards chartered status with the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS), or with the Chartered Institute of Building's (CIOB) Faculty of Architecture and Surveying. Becoming chartered can enhance your career as it proves you are highly skilled at your job.
To qualify for chartered status through RICS, you must complete the RICS Assessment of Professional Competence (APC) while you are working and have at least two years' work experience. To apply for CIOB chartered status, you will need an accredited honours degree and two years' relevant work experience.
You may also want to undertake training in a specialist area related to the role, such as project management or accountancy, and look at qualifications such as a diploma in management or post-graduate degree in management, such as a Masters degree in Business Administration (MBA), to give you wider business skills that will improve your chances of progression to senior management roles.
The type of job role can differ depending on the employer and the activities involved. Some roles such as trade roles have the opportunity to be self-employed. Often employers offer a variety of employment status and flexibility. The jobs outlined in this website are common across the home building industry, but the job titles may differ from one organisation to another.
Earn While You Learn
All our featured job roles offer different entry-points for school leavers, college leavers, and graduates to commence a career in the industry. There are opportunities to enrol on apprenticeships and other career progression routes.
For most jobs, depending on your qualifications and experience there are also openings for those looking to change career.
Key job roles
A few (of many) jobs which we are looking to recruit in the home building industry.
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