Quantity surveyors work out exactly how much a building costs to construct and are in charge of finances.
The Role
  • preparing tender and contract documents
  • working out the cost of repair and maintenance work
  • establishing exactly what a client wants
  • weighing up commercial risks
  • allocating work to subcontractors
  • valuing completed work and arranging payments
  • Making sure a project meets every legal and quality standard
  • Making sure that the client gets value for their money
  • Advising on the maintenance costs of specific buildings
  • Newly trained quantity surveyors can earn in the region of £25,000 - £35,000
  • Trained with experience quantity surveyors can earn in the region of £35,000 - £45,000
  • Senior or chartered quantity surveyors can earn in the region of £45,000 - £65,000
Salaries depend on location, employer and level of responsibility. Salaries and career options also improve with chartered status.
Qualifications & Training
Quantity surveyors usually hold a relevant degree in Quantity Surveying, or follow a work-based route doing a Surveying Apprenticeship. You can then follow this with a degree accredited by the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) and the Chartered Institute of Building (CIOB). This improves your chances of getting a job after your studies. Other useful first degree subjects include geography, maths, economics, urban and land studies, building or construction, civil or structural engineering. It’s possible to do an accredited masters degree and some construction companies and construction agencies may allow you to do your post-graduate qualification on the job.  If you have a non-relevant degree you must take an RICS-recognised post-graduate conversion course. To qualify for chartered status, 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.