The social housing sector employs more than 150,000 people - mainly to manage and maintain its homes. There are also ‘housing’ jobs which can be found in housing trusts, cooperatives, voluntary organisations, the private sector, universities, commercial bodies, the Ministry of Defence and public services such as social care health.
Housing work is really varied and housing organisations provide opportunities for people from a variety of backgrounds. The work can include giving advice to homeless people, collecting rents and other income from tenants, assessing repairs on a house and arranging for them to be done, finding new tenants for vacant homes and overseeing the building of new homes.
There have been many changes in the social housing sector over the last few years - there are more people needing social housing than homes available, changes to social security mean that it’s harder for people to afford their housing costs - and for landlords to collect rent and housing workers increasingly need to work with other public services and partners to make sure that the needs of tenants and communities are met, for example, on tackling anti-social behaviour.
If you choose to work in housing, you will have the satisfaction of knowing that your contribution really matters, because everyone needs somewhere decent and affordable to live.The work is not easy and often challenging, but the rewards in terms of fulfilment are high.