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Quantity Surveyors

Descriptions & Duties

  • Quantity Surveyors deal with the following aspects of building and civil engineering design and construction administration: (1) design cost and cost planning, (2) pre-contract documentation including bills of quantities and contract specifications, (3) tendering procedures, contractual agreements and advice on selection of tenders, (4) post-contract services including measurement of works, preparation of interim and final payment certificates and settlement of other contractual claims.

Generic Competencies

Physical Abilities

Physical abilities

  • Physical strength
  • Eye hand coordination / precision / dexterity


Importance:2 (Max:5) 

Skill is occasionally required


Technology Skills

Technology skills

  • Computer literacy
  • Application of technology


Importance:4 (Max:5) 

Skill is frequently required


Cognitive Abilities

Cognitive abilities

  • Creativity
  • Visualisation
  • Logical thinking


Importance:3 (Max:5) 

Skill is basically required


Comprehension And Expression

Comprehension and expression skills

  • Reading comprehension
  • Oral / written expression


Importance:3 (Max:5) 

Skill is basically required


Social Skills

Social skills

  • Communication
  • Negotiation
  • Persuasion


Importance:4 (Max:5) 

Skill is frequently required


Organisation And Execution Skills

Organisation and execution skills

  • Planning
  • Organising
  • Judgement
  • Decision making


Importance:4 (Max:5) 

Skill is frequently required


Problem Solving Skills

Problem solving skills

  • Ability to solve simple and complex problems effectively and efficiently


Importance:5 (Max:5) 

Skill is required all the time


Management Skills

Management skills

  • Leadership
  • Management of finance / time / people / other resources


Importance:4 (Max:5) 

Skill is frequently required


Trade Specific Competencies

Construction project management knowledge and skills

To lead surveying projects, surveyors must manage projects from start to finish. They must coordinate effectively with different professionals and clients and have to make choices to ensure that the projects are well completed on time and within budget.

Professional knowledge and skills in quantity surveying

Quantity Surveyors must always apply professional knowledge and skills in relation to quantity surveying to solve issues and problems at work.

General Requirements

Academic qualification

  • normally have a higher diploma or a bachelor's degree in surveying, or related discipline

Professional qualification

  • generally are registered professional surveyors under the Surveyors Registration Ordinance; usually are corporate members of the Hong Kong Institute of Surveyors (HKIS) or Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS).


  • usually 5 to 8 years of relevant working experience is required

Career Path & Salary

Private Sector

Monthly Salary $20,000-$50,000

Monthly Salary $30,000-$70,000

Monthly Salary $40,000-$90,000

Monthly Salary $50,000-$140,000

Government Sector

Monthly Salary Master Pay Scale Point 19-27

Monthly Salary Master Pay Scale Point 31-44

Monthly Salary Master Pay Scale Point 45-49

Monthly Salary Directorate Pay Scale Point 1

*For more details on Civil Service Pay Scales, please visit website of the Civil Service Bureau.

Related Education & Training

Work Environment

  • Quantity Surveyors usually work in office, but may occasionally spend some time working at construction sites to collect information and/ or solve problems.


  • Computers with project management software

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