A quantity surveyor is involved in the logistical aspects of a construction project, working from the basic design planning stage onwards to put cost estimates in place, then ensuring that the project meets all legal standards, all materials and work are of sufficient quality, and that the client receives good value for money. Quantity surveying is ideally suited for someone with a good knowledge of the construction industry, including materials and building methods, and who is organised and methodical. Strong numeracy and IT skills are also essential.
Quantity Surveyor Jobs Education Requirements
To work as a quantity surveyor, a degree or other qualification accredited by the Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) is a prerequisite. Some employers will allow in-job training to attain this qualification while working in trainee chartered surveyor jobs, for which a HNC, HND, or foundation degree is necessary.
Quantity Surveyor Jobs Market
The number of quantity surveyor positions available varies with the amount of activity in the construction industry, but as a qualified and experienced surveyor can work on a wide variety of projects there are often some excellent positions available for the right candidate. Once working as a surveyor, in-job training is usually available and the ultimate goal is usually to reach chartered status which is granted after a minimum of two years work experience and the successful completion of an interview or assessment by RICS or The Chartered Institute of Building.
Quantity Surveyor Jobs Salary Information
A newly qualified chartered surveyor can expect to command a salary of between £20,000 and £25,000 a year, rising to between £30,000 and £45,000 as experience is gained. Senior chartered quantity surveyor jobs will usually have salaries of up to £60,000 per year.