ADEQUACY OF REMUNERATION OF ASSISTANT QUANTITY SURVEYORS IN KENYA: A CASE STUDY OF PRIVATE FIRMS

ABSTRACT
Building and construction sectors play a very crucial role in the development of the economy of Kenya. The contribution of professionals especially the junior quantity surveyors cannot be
underrated. This bunch commonly referred to as assistant quantity surveyors ensure that there is anew breed of workforce to replace the retiring quantity surveyors. The reward system offered to themin exchange of their services determines their job satisfaction and their likelihood of remaining in thefield of quantity surveying. The aim of this research was to identify the remuneration of assistantquantity surveyors up to three years in the job market. It endeavoured to explore the perceptions ofAQS on remuneration and job satisfaction and to determine the factors affecting remuneration ofAQS.The research was conducted through literature review of topics linked to remuneration administration
complemented by a field survey. The analysis showed that the mean remuneration of AssistantQuantity Surveyors at entry level was about Kshs 42700. AQS perceived that their remuneration wasinadequate since most of them were not satisfied with their pay. Productivity was the main factoremployers considered when setting the salaries of AQS. Most employers recommended a need for aremuneration structure for rewarding AQS with a mean commencing net pay of Kshs. 40911. TheAQS revealed that with an entry mean net pay of Kshs 50161, they would be satisfied. Theresearcher recommended formation of a committee to oversee the formulation of a salary structure
meant for AQS.

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