A clerk of works – also known as a site inspector, construction inspector or building quality inspector – inspects the workmanship, quality and safety of work on a construction site and reports their findings to the client.
- Newly trained clerk of works can earn in the region of £25,000 - £30,000
- Trained with experience clerk of works can earn in the region of £30,000 - £40,000
- Senior, chartered or master clerk of works can earn in the region of £40,000 - £60,000
Salaries typically depend on location, employer and level of responsibility. Salaries and career options improve with chartered status.
Qualifications and Training
There are no set qualifications but you will need to have relevant experience. Most people work for several years as a craftsperson or technician in construction or civil engineering. You could also look for work as a trainee after completing a BTEC Higher National qualification (HNC/HND), foundation degree or degree in construction or engineering and then work your way up.
Once you have started working you could take construction qualifications such as the Level 2 SVQ/NVQ Diploma in Site Inspection.
Some employers may ask that you belong to the Institute of Clerks of Works and Construction Inspectorate (ICWCI). The ICWGB also offers continuing professional development courses.