All You Need To Know About Quantity Surveyors

Quantity surveyors are in charge of construction project costing ranging from the initial estimates of the project to the cost of the final acquisition of materials.  Surveying jobs are diverse and the associated roles are varied; however, the core of these positions focus on the provision of value for money for clients while adhering to the strict regulations currently governing the construction industry.

The day to day responsibilities of the quantity surveyor range from roles inside an office where one will meet with clients and project personnel to working on construction sites.  While the nature of construction work means that no two projects will be the same, a typical day on a site will involve the following:

  • preparation of contractions, such as pointing out required amount of materials needed.
  • managing the on-going cost analysis of construction repair work and maintenance.
  • examining the feasibility studies of customer requests.
  • analysis of the completed construction work and arranging payment to project contractors.
  • allocation and delegation of work to contractors.
  • visiting different areas of the site, assessments, and projects of future work.

While quantity surveyors do perform similar tasks in their roles, it is possible for a quantity surveyor to specialize in a specific area of the construction industry.  For example, an individual may choose to gain expert skills in property taxation, maintenance of existing properties, costing advice, and application to funding resources.

What Are The Educational Requirements?

To enter a career as a quantity surveyor, it is essential that you hold a suitable qualification such as a relevant university degree or an accreditation from a professional association, such as the Royal Institute for Chartered Surveyors.  Relevant university degrees include those with courses in construction, surveying, civil, and structural engineering.  The RICS website provides a list of university courses suitable for people to begin their path to a career as a quantity surveyor.  The average duration to complete an undergraduate degree in this field is three to four years of full-time study.

Individuals graduating with degrees that are not listed with the RICS have the option of completing a post-graduate conversion course.  This will transfer any existing qualifications into the construction industry.  Post-graduate conversion courses typically take one year of full-time study to complete.

While it is possible to enter an associated role in surveying without any RCIS accredited qualification, it is necessary to complete a qualification to gain a professional position in the discipline.  For example, technical surveyors do not require professional degrees; however, to become a quantity surveyor you will require an accredited qualification.

Starting positions in the quantity surveying field typically present with an annual salary of approximately £20,000 to £25,000.  As one gains experience, the amount will rise and experienced professionals can earn between £30,000 and £45,000 per annum.  The most senior surveyors are known to earn approximately £50,000 to £60,000 per year. A quantity surveyor is important to a project and so can ask for a good salary – if you don’t believe me read this post from PSR.

What Are The Skills Required?

Becoming a quantity surveyor is far more than having the correct academic background.  While relevant credentials are necessary, employers search for individuals that are excellent communicators and possess strong numeracy skills.  Given the growing demands of the construction industry with its frequent challenges, it is important that you demonstrate unique approaches to problem solving and negotiation skills across all levels of construction settings.  Obviously, it is important to have a passion for construction and an understanding of the industry; however, work experience is also a valuable asset when applying for a quantity surveyor position.

Hospitality Careers: When to Hire a Recruiter

The Hospitality industry relies heavily on recruitment firms. Most career driven managers have a long-term relationship with a recruiter.  Most new management candidates in the restaurant and hotel industry rarely understand the importance of finding a hospitality recruitment firm, and working with them, until it is too late.

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What is a Hospitality Recruitment Firm and Why Do I Need One?

A hospitality recruitment firm offers more than a job bank of restaurant, hotel, and casino job postings. They are more than resume writers and distributors. A recruiter’s job is to put the right person in the right job. Their goal is to increase the chances that a Candidate wills stay in a position ‘long term’. In fact, if you leave before finishing one year, it negatively impacts a recruitment firm.

The hospitality recruiter knows the employer. They are familiar with the needs of the company, but more important they understand the preferences of the Human Resources Department. They will know whether you have a good chance of landing a job, or not.

This is where people become confused when working with a recruitment firm. They do not ‘blast’ their client’s resumes to every job post. If they did the clients wouldn’t hire them. The recruiter only sends 2 or 3 perfect matches. This saves the client money and resources, making it invaluable working with a recruitment firm.

What Can a Hospitality Recruiter Do for Me?

When most people think of a recruiter they have 2 perceptions. The first is that the recruiter will write their resume for them. The second is that the recruiter will be ‘beating the pavement’ trying to sell their services.

Both are wrong. A recruiter can only ‘sell’ what you bring to them. Yes, they can help fix mistakes in your resume, but in many cases, they cannot promote you above your skill set. They may also need to wait until they find a ‘matching job’ which in today’s economy is not an everyday occurrence.

If you are thinking of changing jobs in the future then a recruiter can tell you what skills are in demand. What personality traits make a good manager. And whether you are in the right job. A Hotel manager doesn’t need the same skill set as a restaurant manager.

A recruiter can help you determine whether you need to join an association, or advance your education. If you approach a recruiter with a ‘dream job’, let’s say you want to be a restaurant manager. You define what type of restaurant manager you want to be, from general manager to kitchen manager. The recruiter can tell you the ‘real’ restaurant manager salary expectations. They can tell you who lands the job, and who doesn’t. More important, they can tell you why. They can help you create a career path. Maybe your expectations are too high for landing a job right now. Discuss with the manager what might be a good job to take, and which types of jobs will ‘dead end’ your career.

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The recruiter can help you turn yourself into a viable candidate. They can help you brand yourself so that you can sell yourself. Because, no matter what the recruiter does for you, it will be you, and only you in the job interview.