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Job Description

An estimator in the construction industry is responsible for compiling estimates of how much it will cost to provide a client or potential client with products or services. They do this by working out how much a project is likely to cost and create budgets accordingly. They will also assess materials, labour and equipment required and analyse different quotes from sub-contractors and suppliers.

Entry Requirements

There are no set requirements but experience as an administrator, craftsperson, technician or surveying assistant in the same industry will be helpful.

You could also join a company training scheme after studying for a relevant HND or degree.

You could also get into this job through an apprenticeship with a building or engineering firm and work your way up.

Career Path and Progression

With experience, you could become a project team leader, quality assurance inspector or contracts manager.

You could also move into a related area, like quantity surveying, supply chain or general management.

Related careers you may be interested in:

  • Building technician
  • Civil engineering technician
  • Construction contracts manager
  • Construction manager

National Government Policy states that all students should have achieved at least a Grade 4 or C Grade in English & Maths at GCSE.  Achieving this minimum grade in these subjects will increase the opportunities open to you, support your future career development and prospects.

Students who do not meet this standard will be supported to continue to study English and Maths through full-time education or an Apprenticeship.

Required Skills

  • Excellent maths and IT skills
  • Attention to detail
  • Project management skills
  • Organised in your approach
  • Ability to work to deadlines

Starting Salary

£20,000 to £60,000

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