the project quantity surveyor role
So what does a Project Surveyor’s Role involve?

So if you’re thinking about studying to become a Quantity or Project Surveyor or want to move your current career in this direction – this is what you need to know. First off, a Project Surveyor’s role is very similar to a Quantity Surveyor’s role, but at a higher level.

The Prospects website give a great overview of what to expect, which I’ve summarised for you below.

“If you have a practical mind and strong numerical and financial management skills, a career as a Project surveyor, or quantity surveyor could be ideal for you.

A Project or Quantity Surveyor manages all costs relating to building and civil engineering projects, from the initial calculations to the final figures. They seek to minimise the costs of a project and enhance value for money, while still achieving the required standards and quality. This includes ensuring statutory building regulatvither the client or the contractor, in an office or on site. You will be involved in a project from the start, preparing estimates and costs of the work. When the project is in progress, you’ll keep track of any variations to the contract that may affect costs and create reports to show profitability.

Typical starting salaries range from £20,000 to £30,000.  The national average is currently: £37,555
Obtaining chartered status increases both your job and salary prospects. Salaries at senior level may be between £45,000 and £65,000.

Degrees are available in quantity surveying, which are accredited by the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) but you do not have to have studied this subject to enter the profession. Graduates from other degree subjects can take a postgraduate conversion course, which is also accredited by RICS.

A typical job description for a Project Surveyor or Quantity Surveyor is:

The successful candidate will be responsible for delivering multiple construction projects from beginning to end including: budgets, specifications, attending review meetings and ensuring timescales are worked to. A degree in Project Management or Quantity Surveying is essential as well as experience within Surveying and good IT and communication skills.

Duties and Responsibilities include:

  • Producing KIPS, budgets/specification/programmes and monitoring projects with respect to cost management
  • Leading and participating in review meetings
  • Evaluating project and budget progress and identifying resolution measures
  • Timely and cost effective procurement, coordination and management of Sub-Contractors, Utilities and Consultants

Experience and Knowledge:

  • Previous experience of Project Surveying, Quantity Surveying or similar
  • Experience working with residential builds
  • Good working knowledge of Microsoft Project
  • Good communication and interpersonal skills

This job would suit candidates currently working as a Project Surveyor, Quantity Surveyor, Chartered Surveyor or Construction Surveyor.

the project surveyor's role -skills

You will need to have:

  • a practical and logical mind and a methodical way of thinking;
  • a creative and innovative approach to problem solving;
  • strong numeracy and financial management skills and the ability to learn sophisticated design and costing IT packages;
  • the ability to write clear and precise reports and to relate complex information in a simple way to a diverse range of people;
  • negotiation and team work skills and the ability to motivate and lead those on site;
  • detailed knowledge of past and current building and construction technology, processes, materials, business and legal matters.

Work experience
Work experience is extremely helpful when trying to secure a job. Employers look for your dedication and enthusiasm for the field and any working knowledge you may have. Work experience is also a good way to confirm that you are following the right career path.

Types of employer 
architects; commercial businesses; large engineering consultancies and housing associations; large international mechanical contractors;
local authorities and government agencies; the offices of private practice quantity surveyors (PQS); petroleum engineering companies – sometimes recruiting under the title ‘cost engineer’; property developers; the surveying sections of building and civil engineering contractors.

Many of these employers operate as multidisciplinary teams or departments, so quantity surveyors are likely to be working alongside other surveying professionals, such as civil engineers and architects.

Professional development
Once you are working as a trainee quantity surveyor the next step is to work towards obtaining RICS membership to become a fully qualified chartered surveyor.
In order to do this, you must successfully complete the Assessment of Professional Competence (APC), which is offered by RICS.

For more details on how to become a Quantity Surveyor, please visit:


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