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A Land Buyer or Land Negotiator seeks out development opportunities to introduce to clients.

Average salaries are in the region of £25,000.00 to £40,000.00. Salaries will vary depending on location / employer

Career Profile

A Land Buyer or Land Negotiator seeks out development opportunities to introduce to clients. 

What they do

Land Buyer/Negotiators assess suitable plots of land and sites – with and without planning permission - for new developments.They also negotiate on price and work closely with lawyers and technical teams to apply for planning consent.

In addition, Land Buyers make strategic decisions on how to best use sites and work closely with agents, customers and contractors. 

Typical tasks include:

  • Identifying sites for potential development
  • Appraising a site to establish land value
  • Negotiating deals with both landowners and agents, and presenting ideas at consultation events
  • Understanding planning legislation and working closely with planning teams to assess suitability for development and the likelihood of achieving permission for a variety of developments
  • Realising the development potential of a plot of land
  • Carrying out assessments
  • Liaising with vendors and external companies to arrange site surveys
  • Providing survey companies with all relevant site information
  • Monitoring competition
  • Carrying out saturation surveys and other site identification tasks
  • Undertaking research and collate information for reports as directed
  • Managing budgets

Hours & Salary

  • Newly trained land buyers or land negotiators can earn in the region of £20,000 and £25,000 per year
  • Trained with experience land buyers and negotiators can earn in the region of £25,000 and £40,000
  • Senior land buyers or negotiators can earn £70,000 or more

Salaries depend on location, employer and level of responsibility.

Most full time positions are 40 hours a week.


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Qualifications & Training

What qualifications or subjects do I need for this role?

Most Land Buyers and Negotiators are graduates with a degree in a land or construction based subject.

These could include Geography, Civil Engineering or Surveying.

Typically a Land Buyer is also required to have a full, clean driving licence.

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Career trends and forecasts

4210 additional staff needed

According to the latest Construction Skills Network research, the UK construction industry will need an additional 4210 Surveyors (which includes Land Buyer/Negotiators) every year between 2017- 2021. The highest demand will be in the South East followed by West Midlands, Wales, North East and North West.

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