We're building a new service – your feedback will help us to improve it.

Building site inspector Clerk of works, building site supervisor

Building site inspectors oversee the quality and safety of construction work.

Salary, a pound sign Salary: £21,000 to £60,000 average per year
Hours, a clock face Hours: 35 to 40 per week

1. Entry requirements

You'll need qualifications and several years building experience to get into this job. Relevant qualifications include an HND, foundation degree or degree in construction, engineering or surveying.

You'll usually need a CSCS card (Construction Skills Certification Scheme) to work on a building site.

Go Construct has more details about this career.

2. Skills required

You'll need:

  • organisational and project management skills
  • negotiating skills

3. What you'll do

You'll check building work's done properly, and that workers are following health and safety rules. You'll:

  • regularly check work and compare it with project plans
  • measure and sample building materials to check their quality
  • find defects and suggest ways to fix them
  • keep in contact with contractors, engineers and surveyors
  • monitor and report progress to construction managers, architects and clients

You may also supervise workers.

4. Salary

Starter: £21,000 to £25,000

Experienced: £27,000 to £40,000

Highly Experienced: £60,000

These figures are a guide.

5. Working hours, patterns and environment

You'll usually work 35 to 40 hours a week, Monday to Friday. You may work weekends or evenings.

You'll split your time between an office and a construction site. You may need to go up high scaffolding or into underground tunnels.

You may need your own transport to travel between sites.

6. Career path and progression

With experience, you could move into site management, building surveying, civil engineering or construction management.

You could also set up your own site inspection business and work as a consultant, or move into training.

You may need to become a member of the Institute of Clerks of Works and Construction Inspectorate (ICWCI).

Related careers

You may be interested in:

Last updated: 11 April 2017