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Written by Bradley Mackenzie

RICS Report an increase of young surveyors

Annually, the ‘RICS Matrics UK Young Surveyor Awards’ recognize the outstanding and inspiring talents, set to be the future leaders in the profession. The Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) is a professional association that is dedicated to promoting and enforcing the highest international standards in the development, management, and valuation of the real estate, land, construction, and infrastructure. A research conducted by RICS revealed that there has been a 30% increase in the number of young surveyors. That means the young generation is seeing the benefits of having a career as Party Wall Surveyor.

In the UK, the percentage of female surveyors is less than 14%. However, the recent research conducted by RICS revealed that there has been an increase in the number of young professional women who entered the ‘Young Surveyor of the Year Awards’. This research also revealed that there has been a steady increase each year in the number of young people (between 18 and 30 years of age) who can qualify as the Associate or the Chartered Surveyors.

  • In 2013, the number of young (18-30 years of age) qualified surveyors was 1,125.
  • In 2018, the number of qualified surveyors (belonging to the same age group) increased to 1,520.

These numbers show that the young generation is getting more interested in having a career as Chartered Surveyors. This trend is considered to be a positive sign for this industry, as there is a dearth of a diverse workforce with the average age of a surveyor in the UK is 55. RICS has started the Young Surveyor of the Year Awards (YSOYA) in 2014 to increase awareness amongst the young talent from different backgrounds regarding a career in Building Surveying. This award celebrates the success of the inspiring surveyors who are 35 years old or younger.

The number of female chartered surveyors who entered the YSOYA has increased since the introduction of this program. For example, the number of female entries in 2014 was 30 and 14 entries were shortlisted. This number has significantly increased in 2018, as the total number of entries was 43 of which 29 female surveyors were shortlisted.

Anna Keys of Calfordseaden LLP heads the YSOYA-2018 judging panel. According to her, “It’s fantastic to see that more young people are actively joining the industry and that more talented young women in surveying are becoming visible role models, recognized for their achievements and the vital role they play in maintain and improvising our built environment”.

Ms Keys also says that “The YSOYA are part of RICS’ comprehensive program of future talent and outreach activities with schools, colleges, and universities, which we hope will continue to engage, inspire and help increase the number of young people joining the surveying profession each year”.

She also believes that “Not only will this help alleviate the industry’s skills shortages, but also create a more diverse and inclusive workforce where men and women of all ages and backgrounds can enjoy equal opportunities”.

Entries to the RICS Matrics YSOYA (Young Surveyor of the Year Awards) for 2019 have been closed. The employers were open to having entered their names for the award or could nominate one of the ten categories including the categories for Building Surveying & Project Management and Asset & Facilities Management. RICS accredited Chartered Surveyors were also allowed to enter their names. The closing date to enter the name was 12 July. The names of the winners will be announced at a black-tie ceremony that is going to be held in London this November 2019.