Think I've probably got a better chance at getting an interview if the person who works there passed on my portfolio. Would also prefer them to get a referral fee too rather than some recruiter. Will this piss anyone off apart from the recruiter/make me look bad from the agencies perspective?
Had a recruiter send my cv into an agency the other day. But then found out that someone I know works there, said they'd put in a good word.
If the recruiter has already sent over your details, then you might be screwed in terms of getting your mate a referral fee.
The sending of the CV is seen as an introduction, and even if your mate puts in a good word the company are supposed to recognise that. You could go quiet on the recruiter and hope they don't find out you've joined the business, but if they have, they will kick up a big fuss and it won't look great to yourself.
Some companies though don't like using recruitment agencies and will happily screw them over to save some cash, so you might be OK.
My advice would be to get your mate put in a good word as well and get your contact to ask the hiring manager if he'd have a problem trying to deal with the placement direct and ignore the recruiters "introduction".
EDW : Why do you say main contracting is the right place to be? Housebuilding is by far the better industry to work in at the moment and especially as a QS. Where in the country are you based? I know Senior QS's on £55k at developers.
Design and Build has a ceiling, and PQS work just goes on forever. You want to be a Chief QS or Comm Manager/Director in the future, then give housebuilding another go.