Inspectors of standards and regulations undertake investigations and inspections to verify and ensure compliance with acts, regulations and other requirements in respect of: buildings; weights, measures and trade descriptions; the installation and safety of electrical, gas and water supplies and equipment; marine pollution, ships’ structures, equipment and accommodation; the treatment of animals; the operation of commercial vehicles; the welfare, health and safety in factories and all work sites subject to the provisions in the Factory Acts.


  • Prepares reports and recommendations on all inspections made and recommends legal action where necessary.
  • Undertakes other inspections including chemicals, drugs, flight operations, etc..
  • Visits premises where animals are kept, advises on animal care and investigates complaints.
  • Checks fishing licences and prevents illegal fishing.
  • Samples and tests river water, checks and advises on premises discharging effluent to prevent pollution.
  • Verifies the weight of commercial vehicles, checks driver.
  • Investigates industrial accidents or any complaints made by the public.
  • Draws attention to any irregularities or infringements of regulations and advises on ways of rectifying them.
  • Visits sites during construction and inspects completed installations of electricity, gas or water supply.
  • Inspects factories and other work sites to ensure adequate cleanliness, temperature, lighting and ventilation, checks for fire hazards and inspects storage and handling arrangements of dangerous materials.
  • Inspects measuring and similar equipment in factories and visits street traders, shops, garages and other premises to check scales, weights and measuring equipment.
  • Inspects building structures, facilities and sites to determine suitability for habitation, compliance with regulations and for insurance purposes.
  • Examines building plans to ensure compliance with local, statutory and other requirements.

Typical Education Level

Honours, Bachelor's degree

Will retirement created job openings

In the UK, 27% 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

£36,252 Average wage

Average annual earnings

The current average wage for inspector of storards or regulations is £36,252

1,232 positions

Current Employment

The number of jobs in the career for the current year is 1,232. 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 inspector of storards or regulations roles.

How well does it pay?

Normal pay for this occupation is £36,252 per year. That is about £3,021 per month or £18.59 per hour. New workers generally start on £21,151, while highly experienced workers can earn as much as £51,618

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, 1,232 people are employed in the region.

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