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Surveyor - Planning and Development

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A planning and development surveyor advises on residential, industrial and transport development projects involving land, buildings or roads. The responsibilities include measurement, valuation, planning, supervision and raising finance.

The Work

You could be:

Pay

The figures below are only a guide. Actual pay rates may vary, depending on:

Starting salaries for planning and development surveyors could be in the region of £20,000 to £24,000 a year, rising to around £40,000 with experience. Senior surveyors may earn up to £50,000 a year, sometimes more.

Conditions

Workforce Employment Status

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Getting In

You gain chartered or associate status by following one of the routes approved by the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS).

There are other factors to consider.

Most planning and development surveyors specialise in either planning (deciding on the overall use of an area) or development (overseeing the construction of new buildings on the site). Planning is mostly done in the public sector; development in the private sector. Look for jobs with surveying or insurance companies or with the property sections of private industry, as well as with the Civil Service and local authorities. Employment opportunities in the public sector generally fluctuate less than in the private sector.

Workforce Education Levels (UK)

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Job Outlook Scotland

Employment

Unemployment

Percentage of workforce registered as unemployed (Scotland)

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Job Outlook Scotland and UK

  Scotland
2018
4760
1.2 %
RISE
2023
4818
  United Kingdom
2018
60295
3.3 %
RISE
2023
62285

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What Does it Take?

You need to have:

You need to be able to:

Training

Getting On

More Information

The RICS publishes a list of accredited degree and postgraduate courses.

Contacts

The following organisations may be able to provide further information.

Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) Scotland
Tel: 0131 225 7078
E-mail: scotland@rics.org
Website: http://www.rics.org/uk
Twitter: @RICSnews
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/ricssurveyors

Royal Town Planning Institute (RTPI)
Tel: 020 7929 9494
E-mail: careers@rtpi.org.uk
Website: http://www.rtpi.org.uk
Twitter: @RTPIPlanners
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/RoyalTownPlanningInstitute/

RTPI's website has a new education and careers section with lots of useful information on planning as a career.

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