Why should you be recruiting for the construction industry and how do you attract the best candidates for the quantity surveying jobs you are recruiting for?
2014 was described as a bonanza year for the construction industry in the UK. Growth in housebuilding boosted the sector and contributed to the industry’s best year since 1997. Though growth has been effectively capped since December 2014 and has slowed down in recent months, construction is still a strong part of the UK economy. Driven by residential homebuilding, the industry is buoyant. As a whole the construction industry has been predicted to grow by a whopping 23% by the end of 2018, contributing £12 billion to the economy in the next two years alone.
One of the most interesting and in demand roles in the construction industry, which recruiters should be advertising to potential candidates, is that of a quantity surveyor.
What Are Quantity Surveyor Jobs?
The role of a quantity surveyor in a construction project it to manage all the costs related to construction and building. This begins with costing the initial calculations and preparing estimates for the project before moving through to managing costs during the building phase and working out the final figures. They are primarily concerned with the value for money and profitability of a project.
The surveyor role is to minimise project costs, enhance value for money and maximise profit margins. They balance this against the need to achieve required standards of construction and quality of finish.
How To Attract Candidates To Quantity Surveyor Jobs
For any recruiter advertising quantity surveyor roles, make sure to market to potential candidates the higher than average starting salary. A quantity surveyor could begin their career on a salary above the national average; at around £26,000, and range between £20,000 and £30,000. This notably wide variance accounts for differences in level of qualifications obtained, having chartered status (or not), prior work experience and the nature and size of the company and project being recruited for.
Future expectations for salary and benefits can range from £45,000 – £65,000+ for senior level quantity surveyor jobs. Benefits often given include onsite allowances and company cars to deal with the high volume of commuting to various sites. Other benefits can include health insurance and generous pension schemes. These are points which recruiters can use to attract high caliber candidates.
The construction and home building industries are still growing at a healthy rate. The election of 2015 has seen all the major political parties commit to continue housebuilding at the current or higher rates for the foreseeable future. Combined with a growing population there is clear demand for more construction and thus the role of a quantity surveyor has good prospects for future career development – another key point with which to attract candidates. Recruiters should highlight to candidates the potential for career growth and development, skills acquisition and salary growth.
How To Effectively Select Candidates For Quantity Surveying Jobs
Quantity surveyors are employed on both client and contractor sides. As a recruiter you could be working with clients and candidates on either side of the construction industry.
Aside from having the right qualifications, recruiters need to select candidates who are analytical, methodical and have great attention to detail. They need to put forward candidates who are comfortable working in a variety of locations as quantity surveyor jobs are based both on site and in offices at different stages of a project. There is also likely to be travel to construction sites across the country with overnight stays so candidates put forward need to be willing to travel away from home on a regular basis.
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