Construction Quantity Surveying Technician

Monitoring and controlling costs and contracts on construction projects.


You are a person who expects high standards and knows exactly what your client wants.

You will weigh up commercial risks and work out the cost of repair and maintenance work as a Quantity Surveying Technician.

You will work out exactly how much a building costs to construct and ultimately in charge of the finances.

Top 5 Tasks

  1. Preparing tender and contract documents
  2. Work out the cost of repair and maintenance work
  3. Valuing completed work and arranging payments
  4. Making sure a project meets every legal and quality standard
  5. Allocating work to subcontractors.


Newly trained quantity surveyors can earn in the region of £25,000 – £35,000 and trained with experience quantity surveyors earning in the region of £35,000 – £45,000.

Senior or chartered quantity surveyors can earn in the region of £45,000 – £65,000.

Salaries depend on location, employer and level of responsibility. Salaries and career options also improve with chartered status.

Am I Suited?

  • Excellent communicator
  • Independent worker
  • Team player
  • Attention to detail
  • Good with numbers
Over 320,000 women work in construction in the UK.


Quantity Surveyors usually hold a relevant degree in Quantity Surveying, or follow a work-based route doing a Surveying Apprenticeship.

You can then follow this with a degree accredited by the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) and the Chartered Institute of Building (CIOB). This improves your chances of getting a job after your studies.

Other useful first degree subjects include geography, maths, economics, urban and land studies, building or construction, civil or structural engineering.

To qualify for chartered status, you must complete the RICS Assessment of Professional Competence (APC) while you are working and have at least two years’ work experience. To apply for CIOB chartered status, you will need an accredited honours degree and two years’ relevant work experience.

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