quantity surveyor

quantity surveyor

Job Description

Quantity surveyors are in charge of the overall costs of a building and civil engineering project. From beginning to end they seek to minimise working costs.

CSCS Card

Required NVQ

Graduate Red Technical Management & Supervisory CSCS Card

NVQ Trainee

Gold CSCS Card (Supervisors)

NVQ Level 3

Black CSCS Card (Managers)

NVQ Level 4

White/Yellow PQP CSCS Card

None

Why is this a Job for Me?

If you have excellent numerical and IT skills, can negotiate/display leadership skills and genuine enthusiasm for the construction industry.

Average Salary

£19,000 - £50,000

Required Skills

  • Excellent numerical and IT skills
  • The ability to interpret technical drawings and architects plans
  • Leadership skills for more senior surveying roles
  • Excellent, clear communication skills with customers, suppliers and subcontractors
  • Wide knowledge of construction law, health and safety issues, building methods and timescales

Working Hours

39-45

These can vary quite considerably for surveyors. Private practice/local government surveyors may have more standard working hours (8am-5.30pm), while those who are actively on-site will most likely be required for an entire days work (8am-8pm).

Qualification Pathways

RICS (Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors)

Accredited Degree

RICS (Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors)

Accredited MSc if first degree not RICS accredited

Career Progression

quantity surveyor

Value Engineering/Risk Assessment

Project Management

Specifications

Project management

You are the boss, controlling the planning and management of an entire project from start to finish.

Value management

Ensure that the customer gets the highest quality product or deal for the best possible price.

Risk assessment

A particularly important role for the construction industry for obvious reasons - you will help customers develop strategies to manage risk.

Capital allowances and tax

Capital allowance specialists with a background as a quantity surveyor are now preferable to tax accountants in identifying building materials eligible for capital allowance tax.

Legal services and dispute resolution

The construction industry lives and dies by its contractual agreements, so legal services are an indispensable part of a project. Draft and propose contracts, and resolve any conflicts as they arise.

Supply chain management

Take charge of where you get everything from and how you get it to your intended destination. You will need to establish good working relationships with suppliers and subcontractors.

Required PPE

Sturdy shoes with a protective toe box and non-slip soles

Hard hat

High-vis jacket

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