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 for the UK economy.
According to a 2021 survey report from the Institute of Workforce and Facilities Management (IWFM), different parts of the FM industry and different organisations have been affected in different ways since COVID-19. For example, some FM services (such as cleaning and security) have been in greater demand, whereas others (such as catering) have seen a big fall in demand.
The real estate and letting agent industry is expected to recover from the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic over the next 5 years and demand is anticipated to be strong.
As ever a future priority is to attract younger people into the sector and to ensure that the range of skills required, including management and leadership, problem solving and energy management, are met.
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.