What's involved

The estimator works out the approximate total cost of the building work from the contract drawings and the bill of quantities. They find out information about the cost of the materials and calculate the time it will take to do the work.

Skills required

You'll need to be excellent at Maths, IT and communicating to do this role.  You'll also have to be good at paying attention to detail as well as being good at solving problems.

An organised approach to your work is very important as you'll have to meet strict deadlines and you'll have to keep data confidential.

Qualifications required

You'll need to have a BTEC, HNC/HNC or equivalent, or an apprenticeship in Construction Contracting Operations.

Salary ranges

(This is a guide to the average salary a fully qualified and experienced person might expect to get.)

£33,950 - £39.600

Progression routes

There is a wide range of opportunities for a structured career path in the Building, Civil Engineering and Specialist occupations.

After gaining work experience you'll be able to progress to:

  • NVQ Level 6 Diploma in Construction Contracting Operations
  • NVQ Level 6 Diploma in Construction Site Management