- On site, Office-based, Planning, Team work, Problem solving
- Salary Range: £25,000 - £45,000
- Nation: England & Wales
A quantity surveyor manages the costs on a building project, from the early stages right up to completion.
You would need to make sure that a project meets legal and
quality standards, and that the client gets good value for
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
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.
You will need a degree, or an RICS-approved (Royal
Institution of Chartered Surveyors) professional qualification, to
qualify as a chartered quantity surveyor.
Starting salaries can be between £20,000 and £25,000 a
year. With experience this can rise to between £25,000 and
(This information is intended as a guide to average
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.