If you like working with and helping people or doing practical work then a career in housing, property or facilities may be for you.
There is a wide range of opportunities available, from managing the facilities and services in buildings where people work or helping people to find suitable housing, to cleaning windows, chimneys or building interiors.
This career area covers the sectors of facilities management, housing and property services, including cleaning. These encompass a wide range of jobs, from managerial to manual.
To see the routes to getting into each of these sectors, take a look at our Career Pathway.
Possible employers include:
The UK facilities management sector is worth a lot of money every year to the UK economy. According to a Royal Institution of Surveyors (RICS) survey (2023), demand for facilities management services continues to rise across all sectors. The 12-month outlook remains firmly positive for workloads and employment in this sector, with serviced business space seeing the sharpest rise.
Despite the positive employment trend in this area, UK employers are reporting recruitment difficulties in filling roles in a number of areas, particularly in building operation and maintenance positions including support services, property management and energy management.
According to Careersmart website (from Prospect and Bectu) there are 14,365 people working as property, housing and estate managers in Scotland (up by 167 since the previous year), with an overall figure of 195,347 in the UK as a whole. It is predicted that employment in this sector will rise to 202,432 by 2027.
CBRE, a commercial and real estate services and investment company, cites that the future skills demand trend for this industry points towards energy management and managing data. As a result, it faces a challenge to attract young talent. It is forecast that there will be an increase in apprentices, school programmes and graduates to boost the future of this industry’s workforce needs.
There are currently Modern Apprenticeship frameworks available in Facilities Management, Facilities Services, and Housing if you are interested in entering this career sector.
There are a number of professional bodies related to this sector, some of which have more information on careers and training.
The Institute of Workplace and Facilities Management (previously the British Institute of Facilities Management (BIFM)), provides information about qualifications in that sector.
The Chartered Institute of Housing (CiH), the independent body for housing and its professional standards, also provides information on careers, training and qualifications.