In a nutshell, a quantity surveyor is an individual who works in the construction industry and is primarily concerned with all the costs related to civil engineering projects. A quantity surveyor will manage the project from its initial calculations to the final numbers. Their main objective is to minimise the costs associated with any kind of building project they are working on. This is especially important once the project is underway as costs can vary significantly, the quantity surveyor will need to keep a close eye on all and any cost variations and compare them to the initial contracts – an exercise designed to ensure the overall build remains profitable.
The construction industry in Myanmar continued its phenomenal growth rate in 2014, growing by an astounding 20.2% – thanks in part to declining interest rates and low inflation, and the demand for new housing developments in the country. If you’re looking to fill one of the many quantity surveyor jobs, now is the best time to look for one in Myanmar. The industry is continuing to grow and has a promising future. If you manage to land some kind of project management job in the industry, your prospects look bright. A quantity surveyor can choose to work for either a contractor, or directly for the client on a consulting basis. Quantity surveyors don’t always have to work in the office, often they are required to work on site.
Working in quantity surveying offers a lot of excellent career paths and opportunities, if you’re willing to take them. Once you have become a qualified quantity surveyor, you should expect to (initially at least) work across a broad range of disciplines – from commercial jobs, to residential and even maintenance real estate. However, if you’re more inclined to specialise, you can certainly choose to do so. When people choose to specialise in a given area they develop an in-depth knowledge and understanding of that particular field. For example, you might choose to focus your learning in project management, where you would be responsible for the entire project from start to finish. There are a lot of different specialties that you can choose from in this industry.
What does the role involve?
It’s difficult to pin down in a few sentences exactly what quantity surveyor has to do, especially considering the role is very broad and can be quite specialised at the same time. That being said, we are able to give you a brief summary of what a quantity surveyor has to do in the role. Some of the most common responsibilities are:
Prepare tenure and contract documents
Undertake cost analysis
Help establish the client’s requirements
Perform risk and cost control management
Allocate work to contractors
Provide advice on contractual claims
Stay abreast of health and safety regulations
Maintain awareness of different contracts for the current project
Value completed work and arrange for accounts payable
Depending on where you work, whether it’s for a civil or structural engineering firm, your daily tasks and overall project requirements will vary. But if you do land one of the many quantity surveyor vacancies, you can expect to perform these kinds of tasks – plus more, on the job.
What skills are required to fill quantity surveyor vacancies?
There are a number of skills that are required to work in the role, you need to be able to balance a budget, superb IT and mathematics skills, have a methodical approach to your work as well as excellent organisational skills. If you also happen to know a lot about construction methods and the materials used in the construction process, it will give you a leg up in the industry. Working in this industry also dictates that you need to have a very clear understanding of all building regulations in Myanmar.
In order to enter the industry as a quantity surveyor, employers will require that you have certain qualifications. One of the most important ones you will need is to have completed a degree in quantity surveying that is certified by the Institute of Chartered Surveyors. If you are a University graduate, but don’t possess this particular degree, you can also land a job in the industry if you have a degree in geography, mathematics, economic or building and construction, and complete a postgraduate conversion course. If you don’t have a University degree, and are still keen to work in this industry, you’ll just need to enter the profession as technical surveyor. But you’ll need to complete a degree if you want to eventually work as a quantity surveyor. However you choose to enter the profession you’ll find a rewarding and exciting career as a quantity surveyor. So don’t wait any longer apply today with Everjobs.