Clerk of Works

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A clerk of works makes sure that construction work is carried out to agreed quality standards, specification and schedule, and that health and safety procedures are being followed. They are responsible either for several construction projects or for the long-term maintenance of several buildings.

They are also known as site inspectors.

The Work

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

Starting salaries for clerks of works are around £22,000 to £25,000 a year. After experience this can rise to around £35,000 a year. Senior clerks of works can earn £45,000 a year or more.

Some jobs may be on a contract basis, for a certain number of weeks or months, and pay an hourly rate between around £20 to £35.


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