Are you searching for building surveyor jobs? If so we can help improve your chances of securing your dream job by guiding you through the role of a building surveyor and the day to day role of a surveyor.
Building surveyors provide professional advice on properties and structures of all types, including commercial, industrial, residential and agricultural projects. They work on the design and construction of new buildings as well as the redevelopment, restoration and maintenance of existing ones. Their role has a number of different aspects and can be very wide ranging. They often work on buildings of architectural or historic importance, trying to prevent the building from falling into disrepair or restoring it. They also work on improving the sustainability and environmental efficiency of such buildings.
The Role of a Surveyor
Surveyors work on a number of areas of property and construction, their work is very diverse and has little routine, however their tasks often involve;
Ensuring projects are completed to budget and on time
Advising clients on projects and determining the requirements of a project
Preparing reports, costings, designs for a project and a programme for the completion of the work
Organising documents for tender, advising and appointing contractors, advisors and designers
Providing reports on existing buildings, such as a homebuyer reports
Determining the condition of current buildings, identifying defects and compiling proposals for repairs
Advising on the preservation or conservation of historic buildings
Advising on the sustainability and energy efficiency of a building
Dealing with planning applications and advising on property legislation and building regulations
Carrying out feasibility studies
Preparing insurance assessments and claims
To work as a building surveyor you will need a degree building surveying or a related subject such as Geography, Science or Mathematics. Studying a degree accredited by the Royal institute of Chartered Surveyors( RICS) will qualify you for further training in order to become a chartered surveyor. If you have not studied an accredited degree you can take a RICS Master's degree to qualify for further training.
Entry via a HND is possible for surveying technician level, studying a property related subject such as building surveying and building/construction may improve your chances. To progress from this role further qualifications will be needed.
Employers are also looking for candidates with the following skills
Good technical knowledge, a logical and practical mind
Good communication skills
Ability to negotiate, present and write reports
Ability identify and solve problems under pressure
Take on work with high levels of responsibility
What you can expect
Work is normally 9am to 5pm, Monday to Friday However, meeting and socialising with clients is occasionally required out of work time. Some work is office based, however the majority of your time will be spent on site. Local travel during work is a regular part of this role.
Graduate building surveyors can expect a starting salary of between £18,500 and £22,000, with chartered surveyors likely to start on a slightly higher salary. On average chartered surveyors earn 15% more than non-chartered surveyors. Experienced chartered surveyors can expect to earn around £48,000, with further progression to a senior level this can increase to £60,000. Partners and directors have the potential to earn over £100,000. Salaries will depend on the location and the size of your employer.
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