Multitasking key to beating recession

Quantity surveyors (QS) are facing an increasing need to multitask to beat the recession and keep building their business, according to experts at the Vinden Partnership.
 
 

Quantity surveyors (QS) are facing an increasing need to multitask to beat the recession and keep building their business, according to experts at Vinden.

 
Traditional quantity surveying, involving only one discipline, is becoming increasingly redundant as clients look to improve efficiency and make savings across the board.  Instead, companies are looking for a provider that can be a one-stop shop for a whole range of advice, including dispute management, insolvency advice, CDM co-ordination, party wall surveying and capital allowance as well as the usual QS offering.
 
Peter Vinden, managing director of Vinden, said: “Old-fashioned quantity surveying has no place in today’s market – a cardboard cut-out is no longer enough for businesses that want – and need – to get the most value out of every investment.
 
“A background in all aspects of the construction supply chain is crucial to offer clients the required level of expertise – knowledge is key.  It’s an incredibly competitive market at the moment, and, with quantity surveyors fighting tooth and nail for clients, standing out from the crowd and offering the most comprehensive service is essential.
 
“The overall shift in the property market means that everyone needs to be more knowledgeable and add real value to the services they offer clients to ensure they assist them in a difficult market. We have already seen developers roles evolving and the QS needs to do the same if it still wants a place in the industry.”
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