building surveyor

building surveyor

Job Description

Building surveyors cover a broad spectrum of roles - they inspect and survey buildings and structures, are involved in legal matters such as leases, site supervision and contract running.

Building surveyors work mostly on site to monitor structures and find ways of improving them.


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


Why is this a Job for Me?

If you are analytically minded, with excellent people, project and time management skills, and are willing to work outside in all conditions.

Average Salary

£18,000 - £70,000

Required Skills

  • Excellent numerical and IT skills
  • Strong organisational skills with a keen eye for detail
  • Firm knowledge and interest in building work
  • Natural interpersonal communication skills with all levels of staff
  • Ability to manage own workload effectively and professionally

Working Hours


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 Accredited MSc

If first degree not RICS accredited

Career Progression

building surveyor

Value Engineering/Risk Assessment

Project Management


Building defects

Carry out structural surveys and instigate repair strategies for buildings and other structures.

Building regulations

Ensure that the construction of buildings on site fulfils health, safety and fire regulations.

Construction contracts

Win building contracts and keep your project on course with effective scheduling and budget regulation.

Project management

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

Required PPE

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

Hard hat

High-vis jacket

Protective goggles/visor


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