What's Involved

You would need to make sure that a project meets legal and quality standards, and that the client gets good value for money.

Typical tasks include estimating materials, time and labour costs, monitoring costs for each construction stage of construction, advising clients on legal and contractual matters and assessing the financial costs of new environmental guidelines.

Skills Required

You will need excellent IT and maths skills, good organisational skills and the ability to work as part of a team. Excellent communication skills would also be useful as you will be negotiating with clients and colleagues.

Qualifications Required

You will need a degree, or an RICS-approved (Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors) professional qualification, to qualify as a chartered quantity surveyor.

Salary Ranges

Starting salaries can be between £20,000 and £25,000 a year.  With experience this can rise to between £25,000 and £45,000.

(This information is intended as a guide to average salaries only.)

Progression Routes

Quantity Surveyors can continue their development by working towards chartered status with RICS (Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors), or with the Chartered Institute of Building's (CIOB) Faculty for Architecture and Surveying. 

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.