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DUE to the con­struc­tion boom, quan­tity sur­vey­ors are in de­mand, han­dling cost es­ti­mat­ing, plan­ning and com­mer­cial man­age­ment for con­struc­tion projects.

‘This is a career where trans­fer­able skills are valu­able, with can­di­dates from tech­nol­ogy, en­gi­neer­ing or maths based de­grees,’ says Ann Swain, of the As­so­ci­a­tion of Pro­fes­sional Staffing Com­pa­nies.

Con­struc­tion re­cruiter Con­tract Scot­land is of­fer­ing per­ma­nent, free­lance and fixedterm jobs. It re­ports high de­mand for ex­pe­ri­enced pro­fes­sion­als, and many open­ings for grad­u­ates, stu­dents and ap­pren­tices, es­pe­cially for quan­tity sur­vey­ors.

David Patey, 26, an as­sis­tant quan­tity sur­veyor with con­struc­tion com­pany BAM Nut­tall in Aberdeen­shire, says: ‘I am fas­ci­nated by the evo­lu­tion of con­struc­tion projects from ideas to com­plete struc­tures.

‘I stud­ied a post­grad­u­ate con­ver­sion course that is ac­cred­ited by the Royal In­sti­tute of Char­tered Sur­vey­ors. Suc­cess: Quan­tity sur­veyor David Patey Af­ter a work ex­pe­ri­ence place­ment through Con­tract Scot­land, I was of­fered a job.

‘I like the va­ri­ety of tasks, and it’s re­ward­ing to con­trib­ute to the com­ple­tion of con­struc­tion projects.’ Graeme An­gus, com­mer­cial man­ager at BAM Nut­tall, says: ‘ Qual­i­fi­ca­tions are im­por­tant, but we look for a will­ing­ness to learn, de­ter­mi­na­tion, com­mit­ment and an ap­petite to grow into our cul­ture.’

Salaries start at £17,000 to £20,000 and can reach £80,000-plus for se­nior com­mer­cial po­si­tions.


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