A quantity surveyor is a construction industry professional with expert knowledge on construction costs and contracts. They are not to be confused with Land Surveyors or Land Survey Engineers. Quantity surveying in the public sector has been put to use right from the early years of Postcolonialism (the academic study of the cultural legacy of colonialism and imperialism, focusing on the human consequences of the control and exploitation of colonised people and their lands) as colonial administrations at the time were handing over control to the new sovereign governments.
The major practice of a quantity surveyor is to advise clients on land and property valuations and development and may be responsible for managing the letting, buying and selling of properties. If this is the job you are willing to take your profession, you will need a degree or professional qualification which is accredited by the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS). It is also possible to qualify by studying on a part-time basis while working as a surveying technician.
Quantity Surveyor Requirements and Qualities
– Excellent communication skills, both spoken and written
– Excellent STEM skills (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths)
– Ability to negotiate
– Ability to work as a team member
– Enhanced analytical skills
– Ability to develop and support great working relationships with peers and other professionals
– A good commercial awareness
– Good math skills
Quantity Surveyor Work Activities and Specialisation
– Negotiation of deals which are connected with the buying, selling and renting of property
– Acting as an agent, and then buying and selling property and land, for clients
– Assessing both the environmental impact and the economic viability of development
– Valuing both land and property
– Compiling reports for purposes like mortgage valuations, rent reviews and possible investment potential
– Advising on property values, land purchase, tenure issues and related legislation
Development: you would be working with other professionals like town planners, architects, and highways and structural engineers, considering new developments and their financial implications
Management: you could manage the property for a landlord and collect rents, as well as deal with maintenance and repair of properties and make sure that tenancy agreement are properly followed
Investment: advising clients on buying and selling investments or possibly managing large property portfolios
Valuation Office Agency work: valuing property on behalf of the government, local authorities and public bodies for business rates, capital taxation, purchase and sale
Quantity surveyor makes an extraordinary contribution to the lives of everyone in the world: from building our cities, roads and railway systems to creating sports stadia and skyscrapers. They do so while managing the planet’s scarce resources, as well as risks such as climate change and flooding.
But these great projects as well as the physical assets where we all live, work and shop are becoming increasingly complicated. For more details on quantity surveyor expected income, necessary entry requirements, further training, and development, visit the property jobs website.