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Quantity Surveyor Jobs – Young Jobseeker Info

Quantity Surveyor jobs… did you know?

If you’re looking for a construction career that could have a skyscraper-high salary, plenty of variety and you don’t always need a degree to get started, quantity surveying could be your dream ticket to the land of job satisfaction.

You’ll be keeping an eagle eye on:

  • Checking that the needs of the client are genuinely possible
  • Quantities and costs
  • Time, labour and work contracts
  • Legal matters including risks and disputes

You may not need a degree but you will need accreditation from the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) to become a quantity surveyor at a senior level.

Industry: Construction

Quantity Surveyor job trends

How much money can you make as a quantity surveyor?

£18,000 – £80,000 (UK average)

Recent labour market information says you can earn on average £18,000 – £80,000 a year as a quantity surveyor in the UK. The typical average salary once you’re qualified is £42,000 – £48,000.

Your starting salary can vary because of factors like level of experience, training, location or the size of the company. Your salary as a quantity surveyor will increase over time as you build skills, knowledge and experience.

What entry qualifications and training do you need for this job?

School and university

The degree route is fairly typical for becoming a quantity surveyor. However, you can also do an apprenticeship or work your way up.

If you’re taking the university route, you’ll need to complete a Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) accredited degree course, followed by professional development training.

Example surveying degree subjects include:

  • surveying
  • construction
  • structural or civil engineering
  • maths
  • geography
  • economics
  • land studies

To get on a degree course, you’ll usually need 2-3 A-levels or their equivalent. You can also get on a postgraduate course if you have a degree in any subject. There are three popular ways to do this:

  • Get accepted on a company’s graduate training scheme
  • Study full-time at a RICS-accredited university
  • Take a distance learning postgraduate conversion course (if you’re already working in engineering)

Alternative routes into a quantity surveying career

You can do an HNC, HND or foundation degree in surveying or construction. On completing your course, you might be able to start working as a surveying technician. Once you’ve got your foot in the door, you can take further qualifications to become a fully qualified quantity surveyor.

Quantity surveying apprenticeships

DID YOU KNOW? RICS are keen to avoid creating barriers for young people who might want to get into surveying. Everyone knows that university can be expensive, and not for everyone.

Advanced apprenticeships

You could take an advanced apprenticeship as a surveying technician, which takes about 2 years to do.

With an advanced apprenticeship you can then do a degree apprenticeship as a chartered quantity surveyor (see below).

When you complete your apprenticeship, you can apply to become an associate of RICS.

School leavers can sign up to the Chartered Surveyors Training Trust (CSTT). This organisation helps young people become surveyors by offering apprenticeship schemes that go towards qualifying you for associate membership (AssocRICS).

Degree apprenticeships

Quantity surveying degree apprenticeships are available via a range of employers. They usually take five years to complete. You will typically spend those five years working four days a week and spending one day a week studying in a partner university.

You’ll get a salary during that time, because an apprenticeship is all about paid training.

A quantity surveying degree apprenticeship (level 6) won’t cost you anything either, because all the fees will be paid by the government or your employer.

On completing your degree apprenticeship you’ll end up with a BSc (Hons) degree in Quantity Surveying and can get registered as a Chartered Surveyor with the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS). And then it’s time to let the big money, big projects and good times roll.

To apply for a quantity surveying degree apprenticeship you will most likely need :

  • 3 GCSEs at grades 1-4 (A*-C) including English and Mathematics
  • 2 A-levels or the equivalent

Career progression and further qualifications

With time and experience, you could get promoted into project management or senior quantity surveyor roles. You could be self-employed and work as a consultant for other businesses. You could also specialise in areas like planning, risk assessment or supply chain management. Finally, if you wanted to you could become a lecturer at a college or university.

What experience do you need for quantity surveyor jobs?

Work experience

Doing work experience in a construction and property environment can help you decide if this is the right career for you. Try looking for work experience in:

  • architectural firms
  • engineering design consultancies
  • construction and property consultancies
  • real estate firms and real estate services companies
  • property design and management services

Examples of relevant work experience include:

  • Work shadowing (even if it’s just for a day)
  • Work placements in a company
  • Work placements on a degree course
  • Year in Industry work experience programme for pre-university/undergraduates


Volunteering always looks good on a quantity surveyor’s CV. You’re picking up valuable life and work skills that fit into any job environment, regardless of what volunteering you do. Even skills you build like event planning or community management – which don’t seem immediately relevant to quantity surveying – could show you have the right stuff and make your job application stand out.

What skills do you need for quantity surveyor jobs?

What life and work skills do you need to be a great quantity surveyor?

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What does a quantity surveyor do?

Knowing a little more about quantity surveying will help you understand what this job is about and help you decide if it’s right for you. The work you will do will have lots of variety, because the world of property and construction is so varied.

In this job you might be working in an office but also spend some time outdoors on construction sites. Normally you’ll wear office work clothes but sometimes you may need to wear protective clothing.

Example job responsibilities:

  • Seeing what a client needs and if their plans can be realistically achieved
  • Working out quantities and costs of materials, time and labour
  • Negotiating contracts and work schedules
  • Giving advice on legal matters, including risks and disputes
  • Keeping an eye on sub-contractors and how construction is coming along
  • Writing reports on how much is being spent and preparing accounts for payment
  • Keeping up with the latest construction methods and materials
  • Staying in line with health and safety and building regulations

Your first steps into quantity surveyor jobs

To find jobs for young people in this role, search on job boards for positions with these words in the title:

  • Quantity surveying apprenticeships
  • Quantity surveying degree apprenticeships
  • Trainee quantity surveyor
  • Junior quantity surveyor
  • Surveying technician
  • Surveying assistant

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