Donny M is an Equity Partner in Davis Langdon and a qualified quantity surveyor. His first job was for a small firm whose photocopier regularly caught fire. One of his jobs was to put it out. Now he works for an international company of property consultants, spending a lot of his time working with banks to raise money for major building projects.
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The UK average salary is £28,758
There are 37.5 hours in the average working week
The UK workforce is 47% female and 53% male
DescriptionQuantity surveyors advise on financial and contractual matters relating to, and prepare bills of quantities for, construction projects and provide other support functions concerning the financing and materials required for building projects.
QualificationsEntry is through professional training and membership of an appropriate professional organisation. Entry to professional examinations will require GCSEs/S grades and A levels/H grades, a BTEC/SQA award, a degree or equivalent qualification. Candidates usually undertake a period of probationary training and professional assessment.
- Liaises with client on project costs, formulates detailed cost plan and advises contractors and engineers to ensure that they remain within cost limit;
- Examines plans and specifications and prepares details of the material and labour required for the project;
- Prepares bills of quantities for use by contractors when tendering for work;
- Examines tenders received, advises client on the most acceptable and assists with preparation of a contract document;
- Measures and values work in progress and examines any deviations from original contract;
- Measures and values completed contract for authorisation of payment.