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Quantity surveyor: Salary and conditions

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  • The range of typical starting salaries falls between £20,000 to £30,000. Obtaining chartered status increases both your job and salary prospects.
  • Range of typical salaries at senior level may be £45,000 to £65,000+. Principal partners in private practice may earn substantially more.
  • Shift and site allowances are often paid on top of the basic salary. Other benefits may also be available with company packages including a car, pension and healthcare.
  • Gaining more qualifications and taking on extra responsibilities are reflected in an increase in salary.
  • Local government salaries are comparable and may include final salary pension schemes. A company car is not usually offered but car mileage for site visits may be available.
  • Working hours vary. A contractor on site may work 7.30am to 6:00pm, while in private practice or in a local government department, hours may fit the more standard 8.30am to 5.30pm. Occasional weekend work may be required.
  • The work is office based (which may be on a construction site) but also includes a significant amount of site visits, which may take up a whole day.
  • Quantity surveying is a male-dominated profession, but the number of female recruits is significant and growing in both private practice and the public sector.
  • Self-employment/freelance work is frequently possible with experience. Companies are increasingly making use of freelance or agency workers to compete for contracts and offer faster turn-around times for completion.
  • Travel within a working day is likely and may involve overnight stays depending on the location.
  • Opportunities for overseas posts and for occasional overseas work or travel are available. This varies according to the type of employer and the location of the site and the client.

Salary figures are intended as a guide only.

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Written by Laura Stanley
April 2014

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