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Housing policy officer

Housing policy officers research and develop policies for local authorities and housing associations.

Salary, a pound sign Salary: £22,000 to £40,000 average per year
Hours, a clock face Hours: 37 per week

1. Entry requirements

You’ll usually need either a relevant degree, like housing studies, social policy or town planning, or a relevant professional qualification, like those offered by:

You’ll need knowledge of housing and related government legislation. Experience of project management, or policy-related work in housing or social policy may give you an advantage. 

You may also be able to move into policy work if you’ve experience of working as a housing officer. 

2. Skills required

You’ll need:

  • analytical skills for working with complex statistical data
  • communication skills
  • the ability to prepare reports and make presentations
  • IT skills
  • project management skills and the ability to meet tight deadlines
  • networking and negotiating skills to build and maintain professional relationships

3. What you'll do

You’ll work for a local authority or housing association, developing policies in areas like affordable housing, homelessness and tenant participation, to make sure the organisation responds to local housing needs and government policy.

Your day-to-day duties could include:

  • researching housing issues, identifying good practice and recommending action
  • collecting statistics relevant to housing, like health, employment and demographics
  • representing housing services on corporate working groups
  • gathering and presenting data and information
  • producing publications like reports, policy briefings and factsheets
  • suggesting changes as a result of government initiatives and new legislation
  • giving presentations to groups, both inside your organisation and externally

You’ll work with other departments and external agencies like private landlords and community groups. 

4. Salary

Starter: £22,000 to £25,000

Experienced: £27,000 to £35,000

Highly Experienced: Up to £40,000 (senior policy adviser)

These figures are a guide.

5. Working hours, patterns and environment

You’ll usually work around 37 hours a week, Monday to Friday. 

You’ll be based in an office, but might need to travel to attend meetings.

6. Career path and progression

With experience, you could take on more complex work, or specialise in a particular area, like equalities issues, research or data collection.

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Last updated: 13 April 2017