Chartered Quantity Surveyors have been added to the list of UK Shortage Occupation List from 23 July 2007. The list comprises occupations that do not require a resident labour test, and so Quantity Surveyor posts will now not need to be advertised before a work permit is issued.

The addition of Chartered Quantity Surveyors to the shortage list follows “consultation with the Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors and relevant key stakeholders on the Engineering Sector Advisory Panel.” It also follows significant pressure from the construction and engineering industries. Representatives of both have been trying to highlight skills shortages for considerable time.