The skills shortage is being felt across the Construction industry, but nowhere more than when businesses are looking to recruit Quantity Surveyors or Estimators. Though the number of construction projects appear to be increasing, there simply aren’t the experienced or newly qualified professionals available to plug the gap. Since the recession many opted out of a career in Construction or took their skills overseas leaving the UK with a real shortage.
So what does that mean for you as a Quantity Surveyor or Estimator? Well it means you have a number of options open to you, and if you’re not happy in your current role, it could be worth a move. Here are a number of ways you can take advantage of your highly sought after skills:
Increased Salary – The demand means that businesses are competing harder than ever before to attract Quantity Surveyors and Estimators to their business, meaning you may have a lot more room for negotiation when it comes to salary. It is believed that salaries for Quantity Surveyors and Estimators have risen steadily since the recession, so you could find that a career move during the shortage turns out to be a lucrative one.
Flexibility – If you’re looking for a certain number of days, or perhaps flexible working hours, it might be something you can negotiate. Similarly if you’re considering further study and need time off during the week, you may find you have more room for negotiation when seeking new opportunities.
Career Progression – If you’re looking for career progression and struggling to find it in your current business, then now could be a great time to move. Being upfront with a new employer about your intentions and where you’d like to see your career going not only improves your chances of actually getting there, but means the employer sees your determination and drive. If you’re ready for the next step now, then again it’s a good time to move with many opportunities available for those with the right skillset.
Change of Sector – You may have developed your career in one sector, but be interested in moving in to another such as housing for example. Previously businesses sought Quantity Surveyors and Estimators with sector experience and those without it struggled to make the change. However as the market becomes more competitive and demand becomes greater, businesses are relaxing this need for sector experience in favour of simply finding the right cultural and skills fit for the business.
Opportunities Abroad – The lack of Quantity Surveyors and Estimators isn’t just being felt here in the UK, but abroad too. If you’ve always had a burning desire to work in another country then now could be the time to make the move! Australia for example is experiencing a similar shortage so your skills will be highly sought after, really making the world your oyster!
Become a Mentor – If you’re looking to add an additional skill to your CV, then you also have the chance to become a mentor to a trainee within your field. The Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) (http://www.rics.org/uk/) are focussed on recruiting and training quantity surveyors and estimators. However, for a trainee to become qualified they require hands-on experience with a Senior Quantity Surveyor, to be able to complete their
RICS chartership. Passing on your skills and experience will obviously be time-consuming, but how rewarding to be able to help another professional along in their career.
If you’re a Quantity Surveyor or Estimator interested in making a move, get in touch with
Chris Mitchell, who will be happy to help in your search.
CNM Specialist Recruitment specialise in Built Environment recruitment across Yorkshire and the North of England. Focussing on Construction, Engineering, Maintenance, Surveying, Architecture and Facilities Management, CNM Specialist Recruitment aim to build long term