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Four Senior Financial Brains Back RICS' Call for More Qualified Industry Talent


Four senior figures at top construction companies have added their backing to the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors’ (RICS) call for more highly qualified surveyors.

Gwyneth Shirley from Carillion, Malcolm Hope and Roger Sherrard from EC Harris, now part of Arcadis, and Ian Lindsay from Crossrail have all lent their support to RICS’ warning that skills shortages could seriously hinder sector growth – part of its ‘Surveying the Future’ campaign.

In fact, four fifths (85%) of current surveyors say that a lack of qualified candidates mean they have problems recruiting*. Without more professionally qualified surveyors, there are fears in the industry that we could start to see iconic buildings and infrastructure projects suffer – particularly when it comes to the cost management and project delivery.

Gwyneth Shirley is known for leading the cost management of The Library of Birmingham until its opening in 2013.

One of Malcolm Hope’s recent projects was leading the planning and budgeting of The Kingdom Tower in Saudi Arabia for EC Harris. Located on the outskirts of Jeddah, the tower will be both the world’s tallest building and the world’s first building to be over a kilometre high when it is finally completed in 2019.

On home soil, Roger Sherrard successfully planned and controlled the budget for Terminal 5’s construction back in 2008.

Ian Lindsay is Crossrail’s Land & Property Director. Ian joined Crossrail in 2011 and is a chartered surveyor with extensive experience in property development and urban regeneration. At Crossrail, Ian has been responsible for completing an £800m plus property acquisition programme, progressing major over-site development opportunities at key central London sites including Bond Street and Tottenham Court Road.

Alan Muse, Global Director of Built Environment Professional Groups at RICS said: “The value added by quantity surveyors on iconic construction and infrastructure projects such as these is significant. Chartered surveyors are key to the planning and execution of every construction and infrastructure project. Without them, buildings can finish well behind schedule, over-budget, or worse, not at all.

“Therefore, while it’s important to recruit more talent into the industry, we’re also urging surveyors who already in the industry to gain professional accreditation and chartered status by studying for a professional qualification. The career benefits are vast – with chartered surveyors earning 20% more on average than non-chartered surveyors – but the development opportunities are even more rewarding, since the RICS charter mark carries the promise of a consistent standards benchmark for the industry.”

RICS is calling for surveying companies to support its work in bringing through the next generation of surveying talent and helping existing employees to achieve chartered status.  Surveying the Future is RICS’ campaign to attract a more diverse workforce for the benefit of the surveying profession. You can find out more here or by following #SurveyingTheFuture. 

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