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Building site inspector Clerk of works, building site supervisor

Building site inspectors check 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.

Experience on construction sites or in surveying can be helpful.

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

Go Construct has more details about becoming a building site inspector.

2. Skills required

You'll need:

  • project management skills
  • negotiating skills
  • attention to detail
  • communication skills
  • the ability to meet deadlines
  • report writing skills

3. What you'll do

You'll check building work is done properly, and that quality and safety standards are being met.

Your duties will include:

  • making sure that work is following project plans
  • measuring and sampling building materials to check their quality
  • finding defects and recommending ways to fix them
  • monitoring work progress
  • writing reports for construction managers and clients

You’ll work closely with contractors, engineers and surveyors, and you may also supervise site 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 overtime during evenings or weekends.

You'll split your time between an office and outside on the construction site. You may need to make inspections from scaffolding or underground, for example in tunnelling works. You’ll wear safety gear like a helmet and boots when on site.

You’ll usually need your own transport to travel to 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).

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Last updated: 02 April 2018