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 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.

What does a clerk of works do?

  • 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.

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. Joiner

    Location: Ayrshire

    Salary: TBC

    Category: Construction / Trades / Property

    Staffinders require 6 x Joiners for work in Largs and surrounding areas.
    Must have CSCS Cards, Previous site experience & checkable references.
    Immediate start available
    6 month contract
    Finishing work
    Roughing work
    Kit erectors 
    This vacancy is being advertised on behalf of Stafffinders which is operating as an employment business

  2. Ground Worker

    Location: Glasgow Area

    Salary: TBC

    Category: Civil Engineer

    Stafffinders are recruiting on behalf of our client a well-established Civil Engineering and Building Contractor based in Scotland
    We are looking for Ground workers for ongoing projects in the Glasgow area.
    All candidates must have:
    CSCS card
    IPAF, Harness.
    Duties will include General labouring and Concrete Repairs
    This vacancy is ...

  3. Joiner

    Location: Edinburgh

    Salary: £18.00 p/h

    Category: Construction / Trades / Property

    Stafffinders are looking for a number of Joiners for works in the Edinburgh area.
    Due to the scope of work we are looking for joiners capable of finishings, ceiling and partitioning works on a mixture of commercial developments for our client. 
    Must have previous experience, Valid CSCS Card, Own Tools ...

  4. Risk Manager

    Location: Edinburgh

    Salary: £32000 to £32000 p/a

    Category: Health & Safety

    Stafffinders are delighted to work with a growing client within central Scotland, on a recently emerged Risk Manager position due to an increased workload. 
    As a Risk Manager working within the Health and Safety division, you are required to visit multiple commercial properties and complete health & safety, and fire safety ...

  5. Tilers

    Location: Edinburgh

    Salary: £18.50 p/h

    Category: Construction / Trades / Property

    Stafffinders Edinburgh are looking for experienced Tilers for work in Edinburgh city centre.
    Immediate start is available on a commercial fit out laying 1200x600 and 600/600 tiles, cutter is available on site, must hold a valid Blue CSCS Card.
    Pay is £18.50 umb,cis or ltd.
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