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What Are The Functions Of A Consultant Quantity Surveyor?

over 1 year ago by Daniel Stargatt
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One of the professions that Project Resource specialises in supplying to employers are Quantity Surveyors.  We always have jobs for Quantity Surveyors and Senior Quantity Surveyors.  

Quantity Surveyors can work in freelance Quantity Surveyor jobs or permanent Quantity Surveyor jobs. Quantity Surveying is a high demand, low supply profession in the UK, meaning it's a great career to get into if you want to be in demand, receive good pay and have lots of job options.

So what are the functions of a consultant quantity surveyor?   

Traditionally referred to as a consultant Quantity Surveyor (QS), Professional Quantity Surveyor (PQS) or Private Practice Quantity Surveyor (PQS) they are broadly concerned with contracts, measurement and costs on construction projects. The methods employed, however, cover a range of activities which may include cost planning, value engineering, value management, feasibility studies, cost benefit analysis, life-cycle costing, tendering and valuation. Some quantity surveyor roles will also require you to perform other tasks aswell.  

The QS's traditional independent role on the team comprising of client, architect, engineer, PQS and contractor has given them a reputation and appreciation for fairness.This, combined with their expertise in the drafting and interpretation of contract documents, enables them to settle issues, value the works fairly and regularly, project final costs, avoid disputes and ensure the effective progress of a project.

QS’s control construction costs by accurate measurement of the work required on a regular basis, the application of expert knowledge of costs and prices of work, labour, materials and plant required.

The technique of measuring quantities from drawings, sketches and specifications prepared by designers, principally architects and engineers, in order to prepare tender/ contract documents, is known in the industry as taking off. try. 

This activity is usually completed before the commencement of work on site on a traditional (BoQ) project, the Contractor will then price this document in a competitive tender and be paid according to a measure undertaken on site and applied to each specific work item

The benchmark for quality for a Private Practice Surveyor is the RICS's Chartered Membership MRICS & FRICS. The RICS also has the entry-level non Chartered Membership AssocRICS. AssocRICS acts as a qualification in its own right, however, it also offers a progressive route to Chartered RICS membership for able and willing candidates.

A number of surveyors who work with Contractors will not hold formal qualifications or RICS membership as in the past project based training was more widely undertaken and considered sufficient, this is slowly changing. Many of these surveyors will hold Chartered Institute of Building (CIOB) membership instead.

QS’s are prevalent in many industries (not just construction) as they are procurement and contract specialists with the ability to adapt techniques to suit the form of contract or work being undertaken.

What next?

If you are keen to find out the latest Quantity Surveying opportunities then why not view our current Quantity Surveying jobs available.  

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