What is a Graduate Quantity Surveyor?

A Quantity Surveyor is a construction professional who focuses on building costs. Over time, you will be responsible for valuations, evaluating risk analysis, managing project funding and submitting bids.

What does a Graduate Quantity Surveyor do?

As you gain more knowledge and experience throughout the graduate scheme, you will be given more responsibility. However, when you are starting out in your career as a Graduate Quantity Surveyor, you will be required to undertake the following tasks: 

  • Assisting in understanding clients' requirements

  • Assisting in preparing monthly management reports

  • Understanding and applying health and safety regulations

  • Allocating work to subcontractors

  • Assisting in arranging payments for completed work

  • Preparing tender and contract documents

  • Writing reports

What qualifications and skills are required to become a Graduate Quantity Surveyor?

Due to the technical nature of the profession, most employers will normally require you to be degree qualified with an RICS accredited degree in a related subject, such as a BSc in Quantity Surveying and Cost Management.  

Candidates should also be:

  • Self-motivated and confident

  • Able to communicate well, both verbally and in writing

  • Able to manage their own workload and to support others when needed

  • Able to show initiative and act proactively

  • Flexible and adaptable

  • Able to use Microsoft packages including Word, Excel and Outlook

  • In possession of a full UK driver’s license (varies from company to company based on sites and office location)

What is a Graduate Scheme?

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