Freelance Quantity Surveyor – Residential Contractor in Essex


Freelance Quantity Surveyor wanted for a residential project in Barking, London, paying £235-£260 per day via an umbrella company; responsibilities include financial tracking, maintaining profits, and adherence to budgets. Opportunity for a permanent position with competitive salary and benefits.


My client is an award-winning construction company based in Essex, UK. With over 40 years of experience in the industry, they are known for their high-quality work and excellent customer service. They specialize regional residential projects, focussing on East London and Essex and specialising in new, traditional building housing.


Their team consists of highly skilled professionals who are passionate about what they do. They pride themselves on their attention to detail, their commitment to safety, and their ability to deliver projects on time and within budget. They work closely with clients to understand their needs and provide tailored solutions to meet their requirements.


This company values its employees and believe in creating a positive and supportive work environment. They offer a wide range of benefits, including competitive salaries, training and development opportunities, and a comprehensive benefits package. They also prioritize work-life balance and offer flexible working arrangements.


My client, a regional residential contractor, is seeking an experienced Quantity Surveyor to join their team on a live, ongoing project in Barking, comprising of 170 residential units, with a total project value of £30m, of which approximately £8m remains. The successful candidate will be responsible for tracking the project’s financial performance, ensuring it stays within budget and on schedule. Reporting to the Commercial Manager, the role will be an intermediate-level position, initially on a freelance basis, supporting the successful delivery and maintaining the profit levels of the project.


Key Responsibilities:

  • Keeping track of project expenditure and cost variations, ensuring that budgets are adhered to.
  • Preparation of subcontractor packages, enquiries, comparisons, and procurement
  • Prepare, submit and agree on subcontractor variations.
  • Reviewing contractual arrangements and ensuring compliance with both contract and statutory requirements.
  • Procuring materials and preparing material schedules.
  • Performing cost analysis and preparing cost reports.
  • Valuing completed works and arranging for payments.


This role gives an opportunity to get your foot in the door with a stable and growing company, starting on a freelance basis with the opportunity to progress into a permanent position. Once on the books, this business offers a competitive salary and benefits package, commensurate with experience and qualifications. The successful candidate will have the opportunity to work on a challenging project with a well-established company, with plenty of opportunities for career growth and development.


This role will require someone who can join a live project and working without too much support. They should be sharp and capable of keeping on top of a potentially tricky project.


  • Minimum of 5 years’ experience working as a Quantity Surveyor on construction projects.
  • Relevant construction qualifications or degree.
  • Knowledge of relevant construction industry legislation and procedures.
  • Experience in the residential sector is desirable.
  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills.
  • Strong attention to detail and a high level of accuracy.
  • Ability to work effectively in a team environment


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About this Recruiter

Alex Wallace
Divisional Manager

A bit about me

I’m now in my 9th year at Cityscape Recruitment. Throughout that time, I have worked with Main Contractors across the UK. I now head up the division, managing an amazing team of white and blue-collar consultants who deliver to some of the best companies in the country. I joined Cityscape Recruitment after a career in advertising sales in London and Hertfordshire. This job gave me a solid set of skills to take to a recruitment career. Outside of work, I enjoy playing and watching football and golf, and in my other life, I am very involved in the UK’s drum & bass scene, performing at events up and down the country and abroad.
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About Cityscape Recruitment

Cityscape Recruitment is not like any other construction recruitment agency. Our business does not have a sales-driven environment, instead, we reward quality over quantity.

We use our specialist industry knowledge to help introduce and guide construction professionals into companies that best suit their desired career aspirations and personal goals. From Quantity Surveyors to Site Managers to Civil Engineers, we work to the same objective of helping to enhance their careers.

And our relationships don’t end on day one of a new role – we pride ourselves on our ability to build long-lasting relationships with both clients and construction professionals. And we are fortunate enough to work with many leading construction companies and professionals in London and throughout the rest of the UK.


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Our clients range from small, privately owned specialist contractors right up to top-tier PLCs responsible for shaping our country’s landscape.

What our clients say

We have worked with Alex Wallace and the Cityscape Recruitment team for a number of years now and find their service excellent.

They supply well matched and vetted candidates and very quickly understood all our requirements. They have always demonstrated good market knowledge and an ability to deliver to our requirements.

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I have used Cityscape Recruitment multiple times over the last 5 years. Very pleasant to deal with and all candidates put forward for interview are well suited to the position and well vetted by the team, so there is no time wasted with unsuitable applicants. I would highly recommend Cityscape. I intend to use them again in the future should any vacancies become available.

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The Cityscape Recruitment team has always been great to deal with. Always ready to listen to our needs and requirements, a quality some recruiters do not appreciate or have, then advising where they can assist in our staff procurement. We look forward to working with Laura and Cityscape in the coming years.


Construction Recruitment FAQs

Here are answers to some questions that you may have.

At Cityscape Recruitment we have teams of consultants who find opportunities for construction professionals in the following sectors:

  • Main Contractor – Build
  • Fit Out and Refurbishment
  • Residential Development
  • Specialist Contract
  • Civil Engineering
  • Consultancy

Read more about our company here.

Our Residential Development team recruits for the very broad range of roles available in the Construction and Civil Engineering industries. From Quantity Surveyor to Technical Coordinator to Project Manager.

They can also recruit for the complete range of seniorities within these specialist areas. From Graduate roles, up to Heads of Departments and Managing Directors

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Our clients range from small, privately owned specialist contractors right up to top-tier PLCs responsible for shaping our country’s landscape. 

Some of our key clients are Statom Group, 8Build, AJ Morrisroe and Sons, VolkerFitzpatrick, Troy Group and Bellway Homes. 

Whatever your career aspirations may be, we will have the opportunities and the industry knowledge to share with you.

Our office is in Rickmansworth, West Hertfordshire. We are, therefore, best placed to provide recruitment services for London, the Home Counties, and the Southern Region of the country. However, we can and do recruit for the whole of the UK and have made many successful placements for construction professionals in the Midlands and the North and West regions of the country. 

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When you first contact us, be that through direct contact, responding to an advert or applying through our website, we will connect you with a consultant who works in your specialist area. 

Initially, they will arrange a meeting to talk through your CV and career history. They will encourage you to go into detail about your background and experiences, capabilities and responsibilities, personal circumstances and any other factors they feel are relevant to help them build up a well-rounded profile of you. 

We take extraordinary care in matching professionals to an opportunity – one that will help enhance their careers and a clients’ team. We therefore also use this meeting to empower you in your career. Using our extensive knowledge of the construction industry, we would provide in-depth overviews of businesses, projects and available roles, and guidance on where your strengths will add the most value and career potential. 

After this meeting, the consultant will speak to a number of their clients about you and your CV. Who they speak to can be either jointly agreed upon or you can trust the judgement and expertise of the consultant to contact clients they feel are the best fit for your experience and goals.

If any clients are interested in meeting with you, the consultant will manage the interview process, coaching you before any interviews if required. (Further guidance can be found here.)

If you are successful in receiving an offer(s), our consultant will communicate this with you and help to negotiate the offer(s) and any other terms of employment. 

Finally, we will support you in resigning from your current role, navigating potential counter offers and starting your new role.

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