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Quantity surveyors are responsible for managing contracts and costs related to civil engineering and building projects. These individuals are involved from the beginning of a project and participate in the design, the preparation of estimates, and in the monitoring of the costs up until the completion of the project. The primary goal of the quantity surveyor is to make sure that the projects follow the required standards as well as provide the desired product to the client.

Quantity surveyors work with a variety of individuals including architects, construction managers, design engineers, planners, lawyers, estimators, buyers, and clients They are also able to work in a variety of venues including industrial parks, residential housing, commercial and retail developments, and utility and construction projects just to name a few.

The primary duties of the quantity surveyor include:

  • Drawing up and negotiating tender documents
  • Suggesting appropriate tenders to the client
  • Determining the cost of labour, materials, and time as well as liaising with architects, clients, and design engineers for the project
  • Preparing work schedules, payment arrangements, and contracts
  • Providing clients with advice in regard to contracts and legal matters
  • Monitoring the project through all phases and making sure that all costs are in fitting with the forecasted budget
  • Advising a strategy for procurement
  • Providing the client with reports detailing financial progress
  • Resolving any disputes which arise in regard to the contract
  • Monitor building regulations to make sure that the project is following the appropriate standards

Job Environment and Working Hours

The average quantity surveyor works about 39 hours per week, from Monday to Friday. In order to meet necessary deadlines, it may be necessary for quantity surveyors to work early or late or during evenings and weekends.

The job is usually located in an office although some individuals may be centered at sites of construction, when they are working on a certain project. Additionally, they are expected to visit the work site often to make sure that the work is proceeding according to plan.

Average Salary and Benefits

After graduating, quantity surveyors typically earn anywhere from 20,000 and 27,000 per year. An individual with experience may earn from 30,000 to 40,000, with chartered employees earning approximately 45,000. Expert quantity surveyors may earn as much as 70,000 or perhaps more. Additional money is often given to those who are required to work irregular hours.

Personal Skills and Qualities

Employers are typically looking for quantity surveyors who have:

  • IT skills
  • Strong financial and mathematical skills
  • Attention to detail
  • A positive work strategy
  • Ability to negotiate
  • Ability to work as a team
  • Ability to plan and survey
  • Knowledge regarding health, safety, and environmental regulations
  • Written and oral communication skills

Finding a Quantity Surveyor Job

Employers usually work in a local capacity, for the government, or in an engineering firm. There is a high demand for quantity surveyors as there are few people who have the required skills. Vacancies are usually advertised online as well as in magazines relating to the industry.

For the most part, quantity surveyors should be chartered, meaning that they abide by a certain approved routes which include:

  • A degree, RICS-accredited, which is in the subject of construction, structural or civil engineering, or construction. This degree would then be followed by a period of training, which is supervised by a professional.
  • If a non RICS-accredited degree is possessed, a conversion may be necessary unless the individual has 10+ plus years of experience.
  • Direct job entry with A Levels such as mathematics, geography, and physical sciences and GCSEs. This would be followed with the receipt of a Higher National Certificate or Diploma in surveying along with the completion of a structured training program.

Quantity Surveyor Training

In order to become RICS chartered, on-the-job training and part-time studies continue for a minimum of two years until RICS APC completion, which entitles the member to attach MRICS to the end of their name as well as join a professional group. A CIOB charter requires a honours degree as well at least two years of work experience whereas the ICES provides members with the opportunity to receive grade rankings, from a student member to a Fellow member.

All of the staff who work on construction sites are required to possess a CSCS or Construction Skills Certification Scheme in order to demonstrate their knowledge of safety and health.


The majority of surveying companies possess a formal progression schedule which advances entry positions to senior positions. As employees attain more experience and knowledge, they may go on to become construction consultants, project managers or become experts in risk management, facilities management, or legal service. It is also common for quantity surveyors to become self-employed as construction consultants.