Quantity surveyor

Quantity surveyors oversee construction projects, managing risks and controlling costs.

Average salary (a year)

£18,000 Starter

to

£80,000 Experienced

Typical hours (a week)

37 to 40 a week

You could work

evenings / weekends occasionally

How to become a Quantity surveyor

You can get into this job through:

  • a university course
  • an apprenticeship
  • working towards this role

University

You could do a quantity surveying degree or a postgraduate conversion course accredited by the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS).

Useful degree subjects are:

  • construction
  • structural or civil engineering
  • maths
  • geography
  • economics
  • land studies

Entry requirements

You'll usually need:

  • 2 to 3 A levels for a degree
  • a degree in any subject for a postgraduate course

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Apprenticeship

You could take an advanced apprenticeship as a surveying technician or degree apprenticeship in surveying.

This apprenticeship takes about 2 years to do.

With an advanced apprenticeship you could then do a degree apprenticeship as a chartered quantity surveyor. The degree apprenticeship takes about 5 years. 

When you complete your apprenticeship, you can apply to become an associate of RICS.

Entry requirements

You'll usually need:

  • 5 GCSEs at grades 9 to 4 (A* to C), usually including English and maths, for an advanced apprenticeship
  • 4 or 5 GCSEs at grades 9 to 4 (A* to C) and college qualifications like A levels for a higher or a degree apprenticeship

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Work

If you want to train on the job, you could start work as a trainee quantity surveyor, surveying technician or surveying assistant, then study part time to become a quantity surveyor.

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Registration

Further information

Go Construct has more information about becoming a surveyor.

What it takes

Skills and knowledge

You'll need:

  • maths knowledge
  • to be thorough and pay attention to detail
  • analytical thinking skills
  • knowledge of engineering science and technology
  • persistence and determination
  • knowledge of building and construction
  • the ability to accept criticism and work well under pressure
  • the ability to use your initiative
  • you will be expected to use a computer confidently as part of this job.

What you'll do

Day-to-day tasks

Your day-to-day tasks may include:

  • finding out a client's needs and assessing if their plans are feasible
  • working out quantities and costs of materials, time and labour for tenders
  • negotiating contracts and work schedules
  • advising on legal matters, including risks and disputes
  • monitoring sub-contractors and stages of construction
  • writing regular reports on costs and preparing accounts for payment
  • keeping up to date with construction methods and materials
  • following health and safety and building regulations

Working environment

You could work at a client's business or in an office.

Your working environment may be outdoors some of the time.

You may need to wear protective clothing.

Career path and progression

With experience, you could become a senior quantity surveyor or move into senior project management, supply chain management, consultancy work or self-employment.

You could specialise in areas like planning, risk assessment or contract disputes.

Another option is to move into lecturing at a university or college.

Training opportunities

Apprenticeships In England

Apprentice Chartered Surveyor

  • Wage : £350.00 Weekly
  • Location: Reading RG1 1DB

Quantity Surveying / Estimating Degree Apprenticeship

  • Wage : £15,000.00 Annually
  • Location: Braintree CM7 2QL

Courses In England

BSc (Hons) Quantity Surveying

  • Provider: LIVERPOOL JOHN MOORES UNIVERSITY
  • Start date: 01 September 2019
  • Location: Liverpool

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