20 MAY 2019
Young surveyors are on the rise, as more female surveyors are being recognised for their talent.
As reports of skills shortages in the construction industry continue, new research by RICS reveals that young people are seeing the opportunity and benefits of a career in construction, with a 30% increase in the number of 18-30-year-olds qualifying as surveyors. To add to this, RICS also reported an increase in young professional women entering its ‘Young Surveyor of the Year Awards’, despite less than 14% of UK surveyors being female.
Over the last six years, the number of young people, aged 18-30, qualifying as Chartered Surveyors or Associate Surveyors has steadily increased each year.* In 2013, 1125 18-30-year-olds qualified and in 2018, just under 1520 young people of the same age group entered the surveying profession. This increase in more young talent pursuing careers in surveying is much-needed in an industry that lacks a diverse workforce, and where the average age of a surveyor is 55.
To help raise awareness of surveying as a career for diverse young talent from all backgrounds and celebrate the achievements of the UK’s most inspiring young surveyors, RICS established its flagship RICS Matrics Young Surveyor of the Year Awards (YSOYA) in 2014 for those aged 35 or under.
The number of female surveyors entering the YSOYA has grown since their launch, with 43 females entering last year – of which 29 were shortlisted – compared with 30 female entries in 2014 of which 14 made the shortlist. The overall ‘UK Young Surveyor of the Year, 2018’ title also went to a female - Laura Collins, a quantity surveyor and Associate at Rider Levett Bucknall. It’s important to note that the names of nominee’s along with their firm, gender and region, are removed from the entry forms before YSOYA judges assess them, ensuring the panel are completely unbiased in their choice of winners.
Head of the YSOYA 2018 judging panel, Anna Keys of Calfordseaden LLP said: "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, recognised for their achievements and the vital role they play in maintain and improvising our built environment."
She adds: "The YSOYA are part of RICS' comprehensive programme 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. 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 Young Surveyor of the Year 2019 are now open. Young surveyors and their employers can enter or nominate one of the ten categories, including Asset and Facilities Management, Building Surveying and Project Management. The closing date to enter is 12 July and the winners will be announced at a black-tie ceremony held in London in November.