Housing management staff are responsible for managing properties within a particular geographical area. They may allocate vacant properties to tenants, co-ordinate waiting lists and advise tenants on property issues.
Formal academic qualifications are not necessary to work in housing management jobs, but applicants with A levels and relevant work experience are likely to be at an advantage. For those wishing to gain higher qualifications before entering into employment, degrees and postgraduate degrees in housing are available. It is also possible to enter into housing jobs at an administrative level and gain the professional Chartered Institute of Housing qualifications required to progress to management positions. Entry into administrative positions is usually with GCSEs.
Training for employed staff is carried out on-the- job and is often supported by study for the Chartered Institute of Housings professional qualifications, which range from a Level 2 Certificate in Housing to a Professional Diploma in Housing. NVQs in Housing are also available.
Employers of housing managers include local authorities and housing associations. Employment openings can be found through recruitment agencies specialising in housing job opportunities.
Starting salaries for housing management jobs are around £20,000 a year. It is possible for housing managers to move into senior/principal manager jobs.