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Quantity surveyors

£18,720 Average salary at age 20
£42,120 Average Salary
36 Average hours per week


Quantity surveyors advise on financial and contractual matters relating to, and prepare bills of quantities for, construction projects and provide other support functions concerning the financing and materials required for building projects.

Main Tasks

  • Liaises with client on project costs, formulates detailed cost plan and advises contractors and engineers to ensure that they remain within cost limit;
  • Examines plans and specifications and prepares details of the material and labour required for the project;
  • Prepares bills of quantities for use by contractors when tendering for work;
  • Examines tenders received, advises client on the most acceptable and assists with preparation of a contract document;
  • Measures and values work in progress and examines any deviations from original contract;
  • Measures and values completed contract for authorisation of payment.


Entry is through professional training and membership of an appropriate professional organisation. Entry to professional examinations will require GCSEs/S grades and A levels/H grades, a BTEC/SQA award, a degree or equivalent qualification. Candidates usually undertake a period of probationary training and professional assessment.

What Quantity surveyors studied in higher education

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What Quantity surveyors studied in higher education
Occupation Percentage Value
(L7) Human & social geography1
(G1) Mathematics1
(L3) Sociology1
(H3) Mechanical engineering1
(F8) Physical geographical sciences2
(K2) Building78
(K1) Architecture1
(H2) Civil engineering3
(M1) Law by area1
(K9) Others in architecture, building & planning1
(N1) Business studies2
(K4) Planning (urban, rural & regional)2
(C6) Sport & exercise science1
(N2) Management studies2

UK Prospects

57100 Workforce Size
5.74% Predicted growth 2021 - 2027
11699 Predicted Replacement 2021 - 2027

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