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Surveyor - Building

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A building surveyor surveys the structure of buildings (newly built, historic, recently damaged, being renovated or up for sale) to assess their condition and to identify any faults. They work on a range of projects, such as residential, commercial and industrial buildings.

The Work

You could be:

Some surveyors specialise in local authority building control, which involves administering improvement grants and checking that building work is completed to a satisfactory standard. See Building Control Surveyor.

Pay

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

Starting wage for a graduate is around £20,000 to £22,000 a year. With experience this can range between £24,000 and £40,000 a year, while senior or head surveyors can earn in excess of £45,000 a year.

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.

There are job opportunities with estate agencies, property developers, housing associations, local authorities and industrial companies.

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

Contacts

The following organisations may be able to provide further information.

Construction Industry Training Board (CITB)
Tel: 0344 994 8800
Website: http://www.citb.co.uk
Website (2): http://www.citb.co.uk/bconstructive
Twitter: @CITB_UK
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/citb.uk/

CITB is the Sector Skills Council which covers a wide range of sectors in the development and maintenance of the built environment. Its careers website (bconstructive.co.uk) provides a wide range of information on jobs in the construction industry.

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

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