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Quantity Surveyor Profile


This Section of the site details information that you might find useful if you are looking to secure employment or require further details regarding working as a Quantity Surveyor. This page details the following Information:-

  • Finding Suitable Work as a Quantity Surveyor
  • Working Duties Expected
  • Hours and Environment
  • Working Skills Required
  • Training Requirements
  • Salary Expectations
  • Trade Information
  • Other useful Quantity Surveyor Work Information

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    Working Duties Expected

    Quantity surveyors are concerned with the costs of a building project both before and during construction. They study plans drawn up by an architect or engineer and calculate the types and quantities of materials and the costs of time and labour which are needed for a project. These are itemised into a bill of quantities which building contractors use as a basis for estimating costs.

    Organising tenders from contractors and advising clients on legal and contractual matters are important aspects of the job. They check the progress of work once the building work has started, ensure that costs are kept to the agreed amounts, and that work is on schedule and to the standard required.

    There is extensive use of computers for calculations, record keeping, preparing work schedules and report writing. Feasibility studies may be used to see if construction can be carried out within the available budget.

    Hours and Environment
    Quantity surveyors work office hours, although they may sometimes be required to work evenings and weekends.

    The work is office-based with some travel to visit sites which may be dirty or dusty. A driving licence is useful and may be necessary in some areas.

    Skills and Interests
    To be a quantity surveyor you should:

    • have a sound knowledge of building construction
    • be proficient in maths
    • have a logical, methodical approach to work
    • have excellent communication skills
    • be computer literate.

    There are no set minimum qualifications for entry to quantity surveying. However, most entrants have A levels, H grades or similar. To become a qualified quantity surveyor you will usually need a BTEC/SQA higher national diploma or certificate (HND/HNC), a degree or similar qualification.

    Entry requirements for a HNC/HND are four GCSEs (A-C)/S grades (1-3) plus one A level/two Highers. To get on to a degree course you need at least two A levels/three Highers and five GCSEs (A-C)/S grades (1-3). Equivalent qualifications may be accepted.

    For details of qualification equivalents see:

    Qualifications and Curriculum Authority (England, Wales and Northern Ireland)
    Scottish Qualifications Authority
    An Access to Higher Education qualification may also be accepted for entry to certain courses. If experienced in a related field, you may be able to gain recognition of skills through Accredited Prior Learning (APL). Please check with colleges or universities for exact entry requirements.

    Qualification as a quantity surveyor can be achieved through the Chartered Institute of Building's (CIOB) Faculty for Architecture and Surveying or the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS).

    CIOB candidates need to hold an accredited honours degree. After obtaining the degree, graduates have to obtain two years' relevant experience. Those with a higher national certificate or diploma may join as associate members and upgrade to corporate membership through further study.

    RICS offers several ways to qualify. All involve studying for a qualification accredited by RICS, followed by completion of their Assessment of Professional Competence. Routes to qualification are through an accredited degree or postgraduate qualification, or by obtaining the College of Estate Managements Diploma in Surveying.

    Demand for quantity surveyors is good, although this depends very much on the economic climate and the state of the commercial, housing and industrial property market.

    Opportunities for employment exist within local authority or government departments, private practice, building contractors, property companies or commercial organisations both in the UK and abroad.

    There may also be openings for freelance, consultancy work and self-employment. Career progression can lead to senior management positions in the various organisations.

    Annual Income

    Figures are intended as a guideline only.

    With experience, an income in the region of £35,000 a year is common.

    Further information
    Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors
    Surveyor Court
    Westwood Way
    CV4 8JE
    Tel: 0870 333 1600

    Chartered Institute of Building
    Kings Ride
    SL5 7TB
    Tel: 01344 630700

    College of Estate Management
    RG6 6AW
    Tel: 0118 986 1101

    Other Useful Quantity Surveyor Work Information

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