Cyril Sweett is planning to move staff into Iraq by the summer, as part of a Middle East expansion plan

The consultant has already been asked to take on about $200m (£133m) of work in Baghdad in the residential, infrastructure and healthcare sectors, and hopes to move at least four surveyors into an office in the Iraqi capital within the next few months.

Richard Kingston, director of Middle East operations, said he thought Cyril Sweett could be the first project management firm to open offices in Iraq, though he believes there is a lot of interest in the area from rival firms.

The QS, which has already got a site in Saudi Arabia, is also looking to open offices in Libya, Kazakhstan and Azerbaijan by this summer, which should create 40 jobs this year.