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.
There are around 110,900 people working in housing, property and facilities in Scotland. This includes around 34,500 people who working in the cleaning sector, 34,000 in real estate activities, 8,500 in housing and 33,900 in facilities management.
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.
Possible employers include:
According to the report ‘Working Futures 2010-2020’, an increase in employment levels of around 190,000 is predicted for the facilities management, housing and property and cleaning sectors.
The UK facilities management sector is estimated to be worth £121.8 billion a year to the UK economy.
There is also optimism for the facilities management sector in Scotland, which is expected to continue to grow as the services provided to organisations is usually their biggest expenditure.
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 is expected to be notable growth in employment in areas that are considered lower skill, including cleaning.
There are a number of professional bodies related to this sector, some of which have more information on careers and training. The British Institute of Facilities Management (BIFM) website has a careers section.