Career Prospects

QS - Construction in progressThere is always a great demand for competent Quantity Surveyors both within the mainstream construction industry and in other related sectors. The construction industry is global and extends across all real estate and infrastructure markets. Quantity Surveyors are employed predominantly as consultants to the owners in both the public and private sectors. Increasingly they also find employment with building and civil engineering contractors, specialist contractors, property developers, project management consultants, financiers etc.

A quantity surveyor manages the costs related to building and civil engineering projects, from initial projections to the final figures. Their broad aim is to help get good value for money across projects, whilst still meeting the required quality and regulations.

Roles may differ depending on whether you work for a consultant or for a contractor, but here are some of the typical tasks you can expect:

  • research a client’s needs and assess the feasibility of their plans
  • work out the costs and logistics of a prospective project (e.g. the materials needed, quantities, time, labour etc.)
  • negotiate contracts and work schedules
  • review tender documents and contract variations
  • liaise with clients and advise on any commercial issues as they come
  • write reports on costs and prepare accounts for payments

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