£20,280 Average salary at age 20
£41,600 Average Salary
37 Average hours per week


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.

Main Tasks

  • Examines building plans to ensure compliance with local, statutory and other requirements;
  • Inspects building structures, facilities and sites to determine suitability for habitation, compliance with regulations and for insurance purposes;
  • Inspects measuring and similar equipment in factories and visits street traders, shops, garages and other premises to check scales, weights and measuring equipment;
  • 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;
  • Visits sites during construction and inspects completed installations of electricity, gas or water supply;
  • Draws attention to any irregularities or infringements of regulations and advises on ways of rectifying them;
  • Investigates industrial accidents or any complaints made by the public;
  • Verifies the weight of commercial vehicles, checks driver’s licence and hours worked;
  • Samples and tests river water, checks and advises on premises discharging effluent to prevent pollution;
  • Checks fishing licences and prevents illegal fishing;
  • Visits premises where animals are kept, advises on animal care and investigates complaints;
  • Undertakes other inspections including chemicals, drugs, flight operations, etc.;
  • Prepares reports and recommendations on all inspections made and recommends legal action where necessary.


Entrants usually possess A levels/H grades, a degree or equivalent qualification, together with experience gained in employment. Professional qualifications, membership of professional bodies, postgraduate diplomas and NVQs/ SVQs at Levels 3 and 4 are available and may be required in some occupations. On-the-job training is available in some areas.

What Inspectors of standards and regulations studied in higher education

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What Inspectors of standards and regulations studied in higher education
Occupation Percentage Value
(L4) Social policy2
(L7) Human & social geography2
(B2) Pharmacology, toxicology & pharmacy1
(G1) Mathematics3
(W2) Design studies1
(L3) Sociology2
(C1) Biology5
(H3) Mechanical engineering4
(C8) Psychology2
(R2) German studies1
(W1) Fine art1
(H4) Aerospace engineering2
(F7) Science of aquatic & terrestrial environments4
(F6) Geology1
(F8) Physical geographical sciences3
(D4) Agriculture5
(R9) Others in European languages, literature & related subjects2
(A3) Clinical medicine1
(C7) Molecular biology, biophysics & biochemistry2
(H5) Naval architecture1
(L2) Politics2
(K2) Building11
(K1) Architecture3
(H2) Civil engineering3
(B7) Nursing2
(R1) French studies1
(M1) Law by area1
(J9) Others in technology1
(N8) Hospitality, leisure, sport, tourism & transport1
(B9) Others in subjects allied to medicine10
(M9) Others in law1
(N1) Business studies3
(J6) Maritime technology2
(L5) Social work1
(D6) Food & beverage studies2
(N4) Accounting1
(C6) Sport & exercise science1
(P3) Media studies1
(N2) Management studies3
(V1) History by period2
(N3) Finance1
(I1) Computer science1

UK Prospects

48000 Workforce Size
2.85% Predicted growth 2024 - 2027
5417 Predicted Replacement 2024 - 2027

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