Quantity Surveyor job description

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The construction and real estate industries, as well as some other types of organisations look to those known as a quantity surveyor (aka building surveyor) to provide well-informed information and advice regarding building costs and associated expenses
These individuals must have strong mathematical and communication skills as common duties include preparing cost analysis reports. Additional tasks include providing procurement strategy and contractual claims advice, preparing client bills contracts and tender documents, as well as preparing progress reports and allocating work to sub-contracting firms
Typically a bachelor’s degree is required for this post, ideally in surveying, civil engineering, construction or even accounting. In the UK, certification is necessary from the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors or a similar institution such as the Association of Building Engineers
Salary rates for a quantity surveyor in the United Kingdom will range from about £30,000 to £40,000 per annum, with the average figure hovering around £37,000 per annum. Those in junior-level/graduate positions will see figures between £20,000 and £30,000 per annum.


Quantity Surveyors handle civil engineering jobs. They are key individuals who are one of the first to be hired for these types of projects. The information, data and guidance that they provide is used by contractors to in making tenders. They must be accurate else the information they provide will have a wide reaching effect.
As a Quantity Surveyor you can earn a very good living as the service you provide allows your employer to garner extensive earnings. Surveyors must be able to interact and relate to other surveyors, engineers, construction professionals and other industry professionals. Their work place may interchange between the office and work sites; so too their work hours may vary.
A Quantity Surveyor usually performs many of the following tasks:
• Preparing detailed progress reports
• Doing value management
• Responding to commercial risks
• Advising on property taxation
• Finding alternative sources of funds
• Guiding clients on managing maintenance costs


• Understanding of litigation and business
• Being able to negotiate, delegate and plan
• Implementing construction technology and cost planning knowledge
• Communication, logistics and team work
• Being technologically savvy
• Managing budgets and projects
• Familiarity with construction materials and methods
• Financial management and business regulations
• Being innovative and self motivated


Persons who are interested in pursuing a career in Quantity Surveying should get a first degree. Some persons begin by attaining lower level qualifications such as BTEC, HNC, or HND in construction, surveying, construction, civil engineering or structural engineering.
Institutions who offer courses that are accredited by the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) and/or the Chartered Institute of Building (CIOB); are highly recommended. Furthering your studies to the post degree level gives Quantity Surveyors a distinct advantage in their profession.

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