Clerk of Works Jobs

Clerk of Works monitor the work of companies that carry out construction contracts for their employer or client. A Clerk of Works makes sure that work is carried out to the client's standards, specification and schedule. That includes making sure that the right materials are used and that the work is of good quality and value for money.

A Clerk of Works should have a wide understanding of the building industry, including knowledge of materials, trades, methods and legal requirements; be physically fit and enjoy working outdoors.

Employers include local authorities, health authorities, government departments, large industrial and retail companies, architectural practices and consultancy firms. There are no set qualifications to become a clerk of works but relevant experience is essential. It is usual to become a clerk of works after some years' experience at craft or technician level in construction or civil engineering.

Entrants may work towards NVQs/SVQs in site inspection at levels 3 and 4. Clerk of works may also work towards different levels of membership of the Institute of Clerks of Works (ICWCI).  Progression is possible to site management or other management roles in construction.

Clerk of works on the job duties and responsibilities

  • Inspecting the work on-site and comparing it with drawings and specifications. Inspections could be at heights or underground and may include specialised aspects of construction.
  • Measuring and sampling building materials to check their quality – they also identify any defects and suggest ways to correct them.
  • Monitoring and reporting on progress to construction managers, architects and clients. 
  • Keeping detailed records.
  • Liaising with contractors, engineers and surveyors.
  • Checking that standards, building regulations, health and safety and legal requirements are met.
You would have a site office but would spend most of your time outside on site. You may be based at one site for the duration of a project, or travel between sites to carry out inspections and meet contractors.

Clerk of Works expected salary

Salaries range from around £30,000 a year for a new entrant to over £50,000 a year for those with experience.

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  1. Health and Safety Consultant

    Location: Edinburgh

    Salary: TBC

    Category: Health & Safety

    Our well-established client is looking for an experienced Health and Safety consultant to join their team in Edinburgh. We are particularly interested in speaking with candidates with a background in residential developments.
    Hours of work – 37.5 hrs per week (Mon-Fri)
    Salary is competitive (DOE)
    You will join a team ...

  2. Shuttering Joiner

    Location: Edinburgh

    Salary: £18.00 p/h

    Category: Construction / Trades / Property

    Stafffinders require shuttering joiners for ongoing work in Edinburgh.
    Previous experience working on busy civils projects is essential to be considered for this role.
    Must have CSCS card, tools and PPE
    Ongoing work and various contract lengths available.

  3. Dumper

    Location: Edinburgh

    Salary: £15.00 p/h

    Category: Construction / Trades / Property

    Stafffinders require groundworkers with dumper/roller tickets for ongoing work in Edinburgh. 
    Previous experience of working on busy construction sites is essential.
    Various contracts and various lengths availalble. 
    Must have CSCS card, PPE and dumper/roller.

  4. Labourer

    Location: Edinburgh

    Salary: £11.00 p/h

    Category: Labourer

    Are you immediately available for work in the Edinburgh area.
    We are looking for a team of Labourers with CSCS cards, PPE and the right attitude .
    This will be in the city centre and is ongoing min of 3 months work .
    Please get in touch 

  5. Joiner

    Location: Glasgow Area

    Salary: £16.75 p/h

    Category: Carpenter

    Joiners required for various contracts and various lengths. Immediate starts available
    1st and 2nd fix joiners required, must be able to work at pace and have Blue or Gold Skills Card .
    Tools and PPE is required.
    Please call Joanne or Craig on 0141 887 1155 to discuss further.

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