Inspectors of Standards and Regulations

Inspectors of standards and regulations undertake investigations and inspections to verify and ensure compliance with acts, regulations and other requirements in respect of: buildings, weights, measures and trade descriptions; the installation and safety of electrical, gas and water supplies and equipment; marine pollution, ships’ structures, equipment and accommodation; the treatment of animals; the operation of commercial vehicles; the welfare, health and safety in factories and all work sites subject to the provisions in the Factory Acts.


New workers

New workers start around £21,113. Normal pay is £31,366 per year.
Highly experienced workers can earn up to £66,269.

Available jobs

In the past year there were 42,092 vacancies for this type of job


Projected job growth over the next 8 years

Related courses

People work towards these careers by taking these courses at college and uni.

What they do most days?

  • Prepares reports and recommendations on all inspections made and recommends legal action where necessary.

  • Undertakes other inspections including chemicals, drugs, flight operations, etc..

  • Visits premises where animals are kept, advises on animal care and investigates complaints.

  • Checks fishing licences and prevents illegal fishing.

  • Samples and tests river water, checks and advises on premises discharging effluent to prevent pollution.

  • Verifies the weight of commercial vehicles, checks driver’s licence and hours worked.

  • Investigates industrial accidents or any complaints made by the public.

  • Draws attention to any irregularities or infringements of regulations and advises on ways of rectifying them.

  • Visits sites during construction and inspects completed installations of electricity, gas or water supply.

  • Inspects factories and other work sites to ensure adequate cleanliness, temperature, lighting and ventilation, checks for fire hazards and inspects storage and handling arrangements of dangerous materials.

  • Inspects measuring and similar equipment in factories and visits street traders, shops, garages and other premises to check scales, weights and measuring equipment.

  • Inspects building structures, facilities and sites to determine suitability for habitation, compliance with regulations and for insurance purposes.

  • Examines building plans to ensure compliance with local, statutory and other requirements.

Hard Skills

Hard skills are specific, learnable, measurable, often industry or occupation-specific abilities related to a position.

Skills are ranked based on the number of job adverts that list them as required skills.

  • Auditing

  • Project Management

  • Construction

  • Site Inspection

  • Environmental Laws

  • Risk Analysis

  • Environmental Health

  • Property Inspection

  • Environmental Permitting

  • Building Controls

Soft Skills

Soft skills can be self-taught and usually do not necessitate a certain completed level of education.

Skills are ranked based on the number of job adverts that list them as required skills.

  • Communication

  • Management

  • Customer Service

  • Planning

  • Detail Oriented

  • Operations

  • Investigation

  • Self-Motivation

  • Problem Solving

  • Interpersonal Communications

How do I get a job like this?

People in these types of job started their career paths after studying courses like the ones below.