How to be a … Quantity Surveyor

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by Jessica Tabinor on

Quantity surveyor jobs are in demand across the country, thanks to a growing number of high-profile projects taking place. Read on to get career advice on the skills you’ll need to enter this field and to discover whether a career as a quantity surveyor is the right fit for you.

RATES
£18-45k
HOT SPOTS
Hinkley Point C / HS2
QUALIFICATIONS
Degree (RICS, APC)
 
What do quantity surveyor jobs involve?

Quantity surveyors are responsible for overseeing construction projects of all shapes and sizes. In this role, you’ll seek to keep costs down and maximise value for money, while ensuring the project meets all the necessary standards and requirements. You’ll also play a key role is managing and minimising risks.
On a day-to-day basis, your responsibilities can include: 

  • Preparing contract documents
  • Completing costs analysis
  • Performing risk assessments
  • Monitoring subcontractors
  • Providing advice on legal matters
  • Working out bills of quantities and costs of materials
  • Writing progress reports and more.

 
What is a quantity surveyor’s salary?

Quantity surveyor jobs vary in salary, depending on the employer and scope of the project you’re working on. As well as your level of experience and any additional qualifications you may have. Completing professional qualifications and gaining chartered status is an excellent way to maximise your earning potential.

Starting salaries for quantity surveyors usually range from around £18,000 to £30,000. This figure increases as you progress through your career. More experienced professionals in senior quantity surveyor positions can see their salaries go up to anywhere between £45,000 and £80,000.

Performance-led bonuses are common in this field, giving you additional opportunities to boost your salary if you hit your targets.

These figures are intended as a guideline only.
 
What skills do I need to be a Quantity Surveyor?

To be successful, quantity surveyor jobs require you to be able to think both practically and creatively and be able to come up with unique and innovative solutions to problems. You’ll need to be highly organised, and confident in your planning and multitasking abilities.

You will be seen as a primary contact for a wide range of stakeholders in the project, so good written and verbal communication skills are essential. Leadership skills are also important as you’ll need to be able to motivate those around you on site.

To be able to keep track of costs and ensure the project remains on budget, you’ll need strong numeracy and financial management skills. As well as the ability to utilise a range of sophisticated IT packages.
Finally, you’ll need an in-depth knowledge of construction processes, materials and legislation, and a willingness to keep this knowledge up-to-date.
 
What qualifications do I need?

There are a number of different routes you can take into this field. One of the most common is to complete a degree accredited by the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS). While there are undergraduate degrees available in quantity surveying, you don’t have to have studied this to enter the field.

If you have studied a different subject, you can complete a postgraduate conversion course that has been accredited by the RICS. While your first degree can be in any subject, certain areas will be more useful in providing background knowledge, such as construction, civil engineering, mathematics and geography.

If you don’t have a degree, it is possible to enter this field at a lower level, via an apprenticeship scheme, and work your way up by completing extra qualifications.

To become a fully qualified chartered surveyor, you’ll need to be a member of RICS and complete the Assessment of Professional Competence (APC).
 
What are the hours and conditions?

The working hours can differ according to your employer and project. If you’re working as a contractor on-site, you can expect to work from around 7.30am to 6pm. Whereas if you’re in private practice of local government, your hours may fit more within the standard 9 to 5. You may also be required to work some evenings and weekends to meet deadlines.

Your time will be split between an office, which may be on or off-site and away from your desk, where the actual construction work is taking place. This means travel will be a regular occurrence, as well as some time spent away from home.
 
Career progression

The best way to progress your career is to work towards becoming a chartered quantity surveyor. Achieving chartered status demonstrates to potential employers and the wider industry that you’re a highly capable, experienced individual. This makes it much easier to move into senior or consultancy positions.

There are a number of other industry bodies you can become a member of to further your career:

  • Association of Cost Engineers (ACostE)
  • Chartered Institute of Building (CIOB)
  • Chartered Institution of Civil Engineering Surveyors (ICES).

Areas of specialism 

Another way to move forward in your career is to specialise in a certain area, becoming an expert in that field. Popular areas for quantity surveyors to specialise in include project management, planning, risk assessment, supply chain demand and contract disputes.

To browse our opportunities across the sector click here. 


Cx Jobs

Site Manager

Are you an experienced Site Manager? Do you want to work for a company that is demonstrating sustained periods of growth, as well as having a solid order book of more work to come? Do you want to work for a company that offers autonomy, along with the freedom to develop in your career? Then Vital want to speak to you.Vital resources are currently working with a reputable and well established multi-disciplined contractor to assist them in their search for a new Site Manager. Our client is looking for someone who can demonstrate a background in Rail, Water, Civils, or Infrastructure projectsAs an experienced Manager your responsibilities will include but are not limited to:Daily management of groundworks packages in the central Belt of ScotlandOrganise and Purchase on Site Labour, Materials, and PlantLiaise with the commercial teams and other operational teams to ensure projects are delivered in a timely, and cost effective manner.Organise and Chair meetings with clients and senior management.The successful applicant for this role will be able to demonstrate:Background in a similar positionPrevious experience working within groundworks, deep drainage and, cut & fill works.Experience working as a subcontractor is preferred, but not essentialSMSTS CertifiedFull UK Licence as travel to sites will be requiredAbility to work alone with minimal supervisionFor this our client is willing to offer a competitve salary, along with a comprehensive package.For more information, please contact Jamie Nicholson using the details provided, or click the apply now link.

Project Manager

Job Title: Project Manager Location: Birmingham Duration: 3 Months Inside IR35 Job Purpose: To lead the safe delivery of projects to achieve cost, time and quality objectives within corporate guidelines and to develop appropriate delivery and supply strategies and plans for specific projects. Project management/assurance team. A lot of Governance & Assurance work, first 3 stages of GRIP. There is a set criteria- several steps set out, they need to formulate plans for this. Mainly track related projects but is multi-disciplinary. All early stages of project work. Rail experience essential. Strong character- lots of negotiation. Understanding of GRIP. Knowledge/Experience Required: * Relevant successful experience in project management * Excellent interpersonal and communication skills * Detailed knowledge of safety regulations (particularly CDM) * Team leader capable of motivating the team * Commercial and financial understanding and knowledge * Accident Investigation experience

Senior Quantity Surveyor

Are you an experienced Quantity Surveyor with a background in Civil projects? Do you want to work for a company that is demonstrating sustained periods of growth, as well as having a solid order book of more work to come? Do you want to work for a company that offers autonomy, along with the freedom to develop in your career? Then Vital want to speak to you.Vital resources are currently working with a reputable and well established Groundworks and Civils contractor to assist them in their search for an experienced Senior Quantity Surveyor to assist in the delivery of several high profile projects.As the Quantity Surveyor your responsibilities will include but are not limited to:Working with various forms of Contract (JCT, NEC, FIDIC)Liaising with operational departments to oversee costs on projectsManage diary to ensure site visits are performed in a timely and safe mannerPerform CVR's and Final accounts to chase for paymentAttend client meetings to provide updates on projectsReporting commercial progress to Senior Managers and DirectorsThe successful applicant for this role will be able to demonstrate:Background in a similar positionPrevious experience working in a Sub-Contractor environmentDegree Educated (or equivalent)Full UK Licence as travel to sites will be requiredAbility to work alone with minimal supervisionFor this, our client is willing to offer a competitive salary, along with a comprehensive package.For more information or to apply, please click the link or contact Jamie Nicholson

Software Engineer

Our client is seeking a contract Software Engineer to be based at their site in Crawley, West Sussex.The successful candidate will join a team that works in a collaborative and Agile way to design, develop and deliver solutions that allow their customers to manage the complexity of the environments they operate in.The RoleTo be involved in all aspects of the software development lifecycle as projects develop and new ones come on-line.Collaborate across teams, sites, and disciplines to develop and deliver on commitments.Devise innovative solutions with a customer focus.Contribute as a member of a self-organising team to continuously improve processes and practices. KEY SKILLS / PROVEN ABILITYThorough understanding of all stages of the software development lifecycle.Strong Java development or C++ development Proven ability in Software Engineering - in a marine environment or related area.Distributed and real time Linux system development Understanding of change control and continuous integration tools and principles.Familiarity with and advocate for Agile methodologies.Interest in emerging trends and technologies in software engineering. ADDITIONALThis role will be based on site in Crawley, West Sussex.Due to the nature of the products applicants must have worked within the Defence / Military industry within the last 12 months or be capable of obtaining Security Clearance (SC level minimum).

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