Quantity Surveyor Jobs

The role of a Quantity Surveyor involves the setting and managing of budgets throughout construction and civil engineering projects. Jobs in Quantity Surveying can also be referred to as a commercial manager or cost consultant and senior Quantity Surveyors will manage several tasks throughout the life cycle of a construction project from finding investors, supervising contractors and forecasting costs.

A Quantity Surveyor's task is to figure out what materials a construction project will need and how much it will cost.  During construction projects, you'll report on the costs and needs of the project, and will often be required to monitor subcontractors, risks, disputes and regulatory issues.

Many job opportunities can arise for Quantity Surveyors and this will take you into different organisations, covering niche engineering service companies to architectural practises in Glasgow, Edinburgh and further afield to name but a few.

Jobs to progress your quantity surveying career

The daily duties performed by Quantity Surveyors may involve the following:

  • Manage various tasks throughout the construction’s life cycle.
  • Analyse costs involved in projects, either for repair or maintenance.
  • Identify commercial risks involved with projects and propose viable responses.
  • Allocate work to subcontractors, analysing the outcomes and providing detailed progress reports.
  • Advise clients on relevant procurement strategy.

Progression to Senior Quantity Surveyor jobs requires candidates to manage the financial and commercial aspects of projects, understand and adhere to current legislation, health and safety law and contract law. Offer strategic guidance to clients, including prioritising spending, outsourcing etc.

How much can you earn with a job in quantity surveying

Surveyors can enter the profession by studying quantity surveying to degree level or convert a different degree as a postgraduate and can start as a trainee surveyor while studying. 

The starting salary is between £18,000 and £25,000. Senior Quantity Surveyors earn between £45,000-£60,000. Obtaining chartered status through the Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) increases job prospects and earning potential. Find out more on the RICS website.


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    Location: Glasgow

    Salary: TBC

    Category: Construction/Project Management

    Fit Out Site Manager

    My client is a well know Contractor based in Glasgow City looking for a experienced site mnager with fit out expeience to work in there small works division looking after contracts up to 4Million. My client focuses a lot on fit out and refurbishments of commercial ...

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    Location: Edinburgh

    Salary: TBC

    Category: Construction/Project Management

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    Salary: TBC

    Category: Plumber

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