The facilities management sector is a relatively new area of employment in the UK, and has experienced significant growth in recent years. Already, its net worth is estimated at about £90 billion, and it is responsible for providing jobs for more than 130,000 personnel at roughly 14,000 businesses. Most facilities management workplaces are small, however, and the majority of companies in the sector staff fewer than ten employees.
Recruitment agencies report that the industry is currently experiencing a shortage of workers with managerial skills, and so applicants with experience in management positions are in particularly high demand. Those with skills for identifying and eliminating business inefficiencies are even more desirable. Examples of popular careers within the industry are In-house Electrician, Plumber, Painter, and Interior Decorator. But there are also a number of opportunities for those seeking administrative positions. For entry into the field, a first degree in facilities management will give jobseekers a marked advantage. With relevant experience, however, many entry-level positions are easily attainable without any specific certifications or qualifications. Due to recent governmental initiatives, there are also a growing number of paid apprenticeship opportunities available for young people seeking entry to the field.