Comments from a UK Quantity Surveyor

Found in the QS/Construction Online Forum discussion group, posted by Richard Mills under the original heading: “Re: egan report” on 26 October 1998.

90% of quantity surveyors are over qualified for the work that they do 90% of the time. This has lead to a culture of working hard, not thinking hard.

If quantity surveyors wish to compete with accountants and solicitors as management consultants they need to be able to add value to the team – by using their brain.

Many quantity surveyors appreciate this. Some address the problem by undertaking post-graduate studies in project management, law and business administration. Others address the problem in less formal, but no less effective ways.

Those who understand their client’s business and apply themselves towards helping their client by delivering appropriate capital projects are the best in the business. There are examples of such individuals who develop a reputation with their clients and in the industry. Clients understand the value that these individuals add and they command fees comparable with lawyers and accountants.

When a higher proportion of quantity surveyors develop such a reputation with their clients, the reputation of quantity surveyors as a class should be enhanced.

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