Quantity surveyor

Quantity 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.


  • Measures and values completed contract for authorisation of payment.
  • Measures and values work in progress and examines any deviations from original contract.
  • Examines tenders received, advises client on the most acceptable and assists with preparation of a contract document.
  • Prepares bills of quantities for use by contractors when tendering for work.
  • Examines plans and specifications and prepares details of the material and labour required for the project.
  • Liaises with client on project costs, formulates detailed cost plan and advises contractors and engineers to ensure that they remain within cost limit.

Typical Education Level

Honours, Bachelor's degree

Will retirement created job openings

In the UK, 15% in this profession are aged 55 or above.* They will likely retire in the next 10 years, creating a demand for new workers

*This is based on national data


Average annual earnings

The current average wage for quantity surveyor is £37,752

1,151 positions

Current Employment

The number of jobs in the career for the current year is 1,151. Job counts include both employed and self-employed persons, and do not distinguish between full- and part-time jobs.


Job Postings

Over the past year, jobs have been posted for quantity surveyor roles.

How well does it pay?

Normal pay for this occupation is £37,752 per year. That is about £3,146 per month or £19.36 per hour. New workers generally start on £11,107, while highly experienced workers can earn as much as £38,369

Is it growing or declining?

This career has remained the same over the last 2 years, and is expected to remain the same over the next 4 years. Currently, 1,151 people are employed in the region.

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