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What Makes a Great Quantity Surveyor?

23 April 2018 by Ashley Talbott
Surveyor Blog Post

Quantity Surveyors are in high demand. Skill shortages across the board are more common than ever, and the Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors has recently reported that the numbers for appropriate candidates in QS roles are at their lowest since 2008.

Apparently, it’s easier, currently, to hire a ballet dancer.

The reality is that a job as a Quantity Surveyor can be an incredible lucrative one; full of progression, networking, and high salaries.

So how do you go about entering the field?

Understand Your Responsibilities

Knowing exactly what will be required of you is important for any position in the working world, and as a Quantity Surveyor, your primarily goal is to provide better value to clients through effective cost management.

Better value can come in several forms, whether through cost advice, cost planning, or successful contract management.

Get a RICS Accredited Degree or Qualification

This is vital in being recognised as capable for any surveying job.

The primary qualification achieved by successful surveyors is the APC – the Assessment of Professional Competence. Often taking at least two years for graduates, the APC is no small task.

Researching the exact qualities needed on the RICS website and other sources will keep you ahead of the curve.

Get Practical, Hands-On Experience

This relates to the previous point about the APC, as you’ll need to work within an industry-related role as part of the qualification.

Not only that, but obtaining work experience in surveying will allow you to establish exactly which aspects of the role you may be lacking in, and upskill where necessary.

Have Realistic Salary Expectations

A job as a Quantity Surveyor can be highly lucrative, but it’s important to have researched expectations around areas such as salary and benefits.

An entry-level job can get you around £25,000 - £30,000; a number which will only increase with experience and qualifications.