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Building site inspector

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

Potential salary
£21,000 to £60,000
Working hours
41 to 43 a week
  • knowledge of building and construction
  • to be thorough and pay attention to detail
  • customer service skills
  • the ability to use your initiative
  • patience and the ability to remain calm in stressful situations
  • maths knowledge
  • analytical thinking skills
  • the ability to analyse quality or performance
  • knowledge of English language
  • to be able to carry out basic tasks on a computer or hand-held device

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 may need to wear protective clothing.

You could work in an office or on a construction site.

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).

You'll find more advice on how to become a building site inspector from Go Construct.

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