Thursday, July 8, 2010

Get A Career In Quantity Surveying

Quantity surveyor jobs were hard to get hold of during the recession, but now jobs are being offered and they need to be filled. A quantity surveyor manages all costs relating to building projects, they are an important component in ensuring a construction project sticks to its budgeted costs and doesn't exceed them.

They are involved in every stage, from the early calculations to the finalised figure when a project is complete. Quantity surveyors work to reduce the costs of a project and increase value for money, at the same time maintaining the required standards and quality.

Negotiating with their client's representative on payments and the final settlement, is also a part of their responsibilities. They will have a range of points of contact and depending on the project, they may be working for the client or the contractor. They can also be based in different places, most commonly in the office or on site.

Quantity surveyors can also be known as construction, cost consultant or commercial managers. A quantity surveyor will also be expected to provide a costs analysis for repair and maintenance project work, provide advice on procurement, carry out early stage budgets and detailed cost plans, undertake feasibility studies for the client and ensure risk and value management and cost control.

Those who want to become a quantity surveyor can do so by achieving a BTEC or HND/HNC, they will need to have 4 GCSE's between A-C. Though there are no specific requirements to begin the actual training to become a quantity surveyor, just if you want to be a qualified one with more opportunities.

Training to be a surveyor can be done so either through the Chartered Institute of Building (CIOB) or the Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors (RICS). To join the CIOB, you will need to hold an honours degree plus have two years relevant experience or pass the CIOB examination.

Graduate quantity surveyors can start on £14,0000, a chartered surveyor will earn around £24,000 and an associate will earn approximately £35,000. Different areas will provide different rates of pay.

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