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FOCUS :

HOUSING
in the private sector and in other public
service departments, such as NHS trusts
and social services.

Homes, not just houses
One of the key things to keep in mind
when it comes to the housing industry is
that it's as much about the people who
require the houses as the structures
themselves. The tough economic climate
has caused an increase in demand for
social housing - properties which are let
to low-income households or those in
need of a home by either not-for-profit
housing associations or local authorities.
There are 1.8 million people on social
housing waiting lists, and this figure
is rising. As many as one in four people
are waiting for social housing in parts of
London, while it is affecting one in six in
other parts of the country. There are
simply not enough 'affordable' homes
and, as a result, people are turning to the
rental market as they are unable to get
on to the property ladder.
Private rents have steadily increased
over the past five years, and are expected
to rise faster than house prices over the
next five, according to The Royal
Institution of Chartered Surveyors.
These increasing rents mean there
are many who cannot afford to rent
privately, so they turn to housing
associations or councils for help. Often
tenants living in social housing need
more help than just a house - they may
be unemployed, have physical or mental
health issues, be on a low income and

SKILLS
REQUIRED

TO WORK IN HOUSING, YOU NEED:
* An interest in people and their
living conditions
* Good communication and
negotiation skills
* A flexible approach to working
* Business management skills
* Good organisational skills
* Ability to work under pressure and
to meet deadlines
* Where necessary, a knowledge of any
relevant legislation including building
construction, tenants' rights and
government policy.

struggling to support themselves, or
they may have been homeless.
Accommodation for these individuals
is made affordable through state subsidy,
which ensures those most in need have
somewhere to live. Managing and
maintaining the five million housing
association and local council homes
- and those who live in them - is carried
out by a range of employees, from those
who work hands-on with tenants to
those who work behind the scenes
ensuring the efficient running of the
industry, in areas such as HR, marketing,
IT and finance. Because of this, the
industry is suitable for a variety of people.
Because housing stock and social
conditions vary between urban and
rural areas, location affects the nature
of the work involved, which adds to the
variety of the sector.

It's as much
about the people
who require
the houses
as the structures
themselves
For example, your role might involve
giving advice to homeless people on
finding somewhere to live, managing
empty properties or allocating houses
to suitable tenants. On the other hand,
you could be running a multi-millionpound organisation responsible for
thousands of houses. Work will depend
upon the particular organisation you
work for, its size, location and objective.

A foot in the door
Entry is possible at junior levels for those
with GCSEs or equivalent. You can
then work your way up through the
ranks. Entry at higher levels, including
management, is for graduates and those
with professional housing qualifications.
Qualifications: As the professional
body for the housing industry, the CIH
(cih.org) offers a variety of qualifications
for those looking to get started in
housing or further develop their career.
Traineeships: Many housing

WHAT YOU
CAN EARN

Pay varies depending on the employer,
but Housing Assistants earn around
£18,000 a year on average. A Housing
Officer's salary is in the region of
£22,000-£30,000, while Managers
can expect £30,000 plus, rising to
£50,000 or more for Senior Managers
and Directors.

associations offer trainee schemes for
graduates looking to enter the housing
industry. These programmes, which last
for one or two years, allow graduates to
develop well-rounded experience and
knowledge of housing while earning a
competitive salary. Trainee schemes are
accessible for those with related and
non-related degree subjects.
Apprenticeships: Intermediate and
Advanced Apprenticeships offer an entry
route into housing. They involve
structured training with an employer,
combined with study sessions, and lead
to qualifications at levels 2 and 3.
A good starting point for anyone
interested in a career in housing is
to contact the National Careers Service
for advice and information.
Higher education courses in housing
and associated subjects, such as
community development and leadership,
are available on a full or part-time basis.
Degree courses require A-levels, the
Access to Higher Education Diploma or
equivalent to enrol. Postgraduate
courses are also available.
FIND OUT MORE
* The Chartered Institute of Housing
(CIH)is the professional body for
those who work in housing. They
provide information on careers in
housing, membership, professional
qualifications and training. Phone
024 7685 1700 or visit cih.org.
* Asset Skills careers advice line is
the Sector Skills Council covering
housing. Phone 0800 056 7160.
* The National Housing Federation
represents 1,100 housing
associations. Phone 020 7067 1010
or visit housing.org.uk.
* For news about the housing sector
and jobs, visit insidehousing.co.uk.

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