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Surveyor - Quantity

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A quantity surveyor calculates the estimated costs of a building or engineering project from the initial calculation to the final completion. Contractors base their tenders on this. Once the project is under way, the quantity surveyor continually monitors its progress and actual costs.

The Work

You could be:

Pay

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

You would usually start as an assistant quantity surveyor earning between £20,000 to £25,000 depending on experience. A chartered quantity surveyor with relevant experience could earn around £30,000 to £40,000 a year. Higher earners can earn up to £55,000 year, possibly 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.

Many quantity surveyors work in private practices, large construction or engineering companies, and in the public sector - for local authorities or agencies such as the Ministry of Defence. There are also jobs in housing associations, health trusts and in the oil industry. Some jobs are largely office based; in others more time is spent on site.

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
3513
2.8 %
RISE
2023
3611
  United Kingdom
2018
39361
4.2 %
RISE
2023
41002

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What Does it Take?

You need to have:

You need to be able to:

Training

Getting On

Video

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Contacts

The following organisations may be able to provide further information.

Chartered Institute of Building (CIOB)
Tel: 01344 630700
E-mail: reception@ciob.org.uk
Website: http://www.ciob.org.uk/
Twitter: @theCIOB
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/theCIOB

Chartered Institution of Civil Engineering Surveyors
Tel: 01344 630700
Website: http://www.cices.org
Twitter: @CharteredICES
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Chartered-Institution-of-Civil-Engineering-Surveyors-ICES/142736385763313?ref=sgm

Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) Scotland
Tel: 024 7686 8555
E-mail: scotland@rics.org
Website: http://www.rics.org/uk
Twitter: @RICSnews
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/ricssurveyors

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