Inspectors of standards and regulations


Average Annual Pay

Annual Survey of Hours and Earning 2018


Average Weekly Hours

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Unemployment Rate

Labour Force Survey 2018

Future employment projections (Working Futures UK)


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.


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.

Typical 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.

Common job titles

Inspector, value, best (local government)
Inspector, crane
Examiner, vehicle (DETR)
Inspector of factories (government)
Manager, standards, trading
Officer, quality, water
Inspector, fisheries (Environment Agency)
Bailiff, water
Inspector, traffic, chief (PO)
Inspector of mines (Dept for Business Innovation and Skills)
Officer, employment, child
Inspector of fair trading
Officer, improvements (local government)
Inspector (water company)
Inspector, VOSA
Inspector, portal (DARD)
Inspector, drug
Inspector (mine: not coal)
Inspector, houses, public
Inspector of postal services
Officer, inspecting (DETR)
Inspector (government: Planning Inspectorate)
Adviser, relations, race
Inspector, fittings (gas supplier)
Inspector, vehicle (government)
Inspector of works
Officer, authorised
Inspector of shipping
Inspector of weights and measures
Inspector, fuel (local government)
Officer, investigation (DETR)
Surveyor, Lloyd's
Tester, vehicle (DETR)
Inspector, chief (local government)
Inspector, chief (water company)
Inspector, electrical (government)
Worker, advice, rights, consumer
Inspector, material
Inspector, explosives
Inspector, SSPCA
Inspector, telecommunications
Adviser, consumer (local government: trading standards)
Inspector, control, quality (river, water authority)
Technician, health, environmental
Inspector (local government: works dept)
Officer, effluent (water company, sewage works)
Officer, pollution (water company)
Officer, regional (RSPCA)
Superintendent (RSPCA)
Inspector, divisional (transport)
Inspector, fitting (gas supplier)
Inspector, fisheries (DEFRA)
Inspector, insurance, national
Inspector, site (construction)
Surveyor, ship
Inspector (coal mine: opencast)
Inspector, plumbing
Officer, chief (local government: weights and measures dept)
Inspector, river (river, water authority)
Inspector, chief (railways)
Officer, field (DEFRA)
Inspector, hotel
Inspector of trading standards
Inspector, fire
Inspector (government: Maritime and Coastguard Agency)
Officer, service, carcass
Officer, trading, fair
Tester, gear, chain and suspension
Inspector, reinstatement (gas supplier)
Inspector (government: Accident Investigation Branch)
Inspector, meat
Inspector, planning
Inspector of health and safety
Inspector, RSPCA
Inspector (banking)
Inspector, fitting (water company)
Inspector (electricity supplier)
Investigator, licence, television
Inspector, depot, chief (transport)
Inspector, works, public (local government)
Inspector, maintenance (gas supplier)
Inspector, district (gas supplier)
Inspector, electrical and mechanical (coal mine)
Inspector, wages
Officer, markets (DEFRA)
Examiner, driving
Inspector, bank
Officer, Licensing (local government)
Inspector, industrial (gas supplier)
Inspector, mines
Inspector, control, building
Bailiff, river
Inspector (NSPCC)
Inspector, market (local government)
Inspector, standards, nuclear
Inspector, electrical (coal mine)
Inspector, meat, authorised
Officer, RSPCA
Inspector (gas supplier)
Officer, livestock
Inspector, service (gas supplier)
Inspector, works, street
Surveyor, control, building
Officer, enforcement (local government: transport)
Inspector, hygiene, meat
Officer, relations, race
Officer, investigating (DETR)
Inspector, gas
Inspector (local government)
Controller, building (local government)
Inspector, water
Inspector (government: DETR)
Inspector, coal (coal mine: opencast)
Inspector, safety (coal mine)
Officer, district (river, water authority)
Officer, enforcement, standards, trading
Inspector (brewery)
Officer, health, animal
Officer, enforcement (local government: trading standards)
Examiner, traffic (DETR)
Inspector (casino)
Inspector, pollution (river, water authority)
Inspector, traffic, chief (telecommunications)
Examiner, flight
Inspector, lighting, public
Inspector of special subjects
Inspector, gaming (gaming club)
Inspector, housing and planning
Inspector (Dept for Business Innovation and Skills)
Inspector, divisional (local government)
Officer, protection, consumer
Inspector, water, chief
Inspector, machine (docks:
Inspector, effluent
Inspector (Environment Agency)
Inspector, installation (electricity supplier)
Inspector, housing
Inspector, fishery
Inspector, materials
Inspector of accidents (Board of Trade)
Inspector, refuse
Officer, control, pollution
Supervisor, planning (construction)
Inspector, street (electricity supplier)
Inspector, building
Inspector, livestock, area
Inspector, chemical
Inspector, lift (DETR)
Inspector, NRSWA
Officer, standards, driving
Inspector, installation (gas supplier)
Examiner, traffic and driving (DETR)
Officer, fishery
Inspector, alkali
Inspector, machine (railways,
Officer, protection, child, NSPCC
Inspector (RSPCA)
Officer, fisheries
Officer, repairs (local government)
Inspector, operations, flight
Inspector (government: Railway Inspectorate)
Officer, standards, trading
Inspector, health and safety
Inspector, markets (local government)
Inspector, chief (banking)
Inspector, agricultural
Inspector (NHBRC)
Inspector, health, animal
Inspector, fittings (water company)
Officer, control, building

Education background

Destination of Leavers survey, supplied by the Higher Education Statistics.