Property management

Estates officer

Estates officers are responsible for the management and upkeep of land and property belonging to local councils and public bodies.

Annual Salary

£21,000 to £50,000

Average UK salary in 2018 was £29,588 (source Office for Statistics)

Working hours


Future employment

There will be 3% more Estates officer jobs in 2024.
In your local area

What's it all about?

Your day-to-day duties may include:

  • organising and checking repairs and maintenance
  • making sure properties are being used for their intended purpose
  • dealing with tenancy applications and monitoring tenancy agreements
  • setting and reviewing rents
  • checking the potential of property for both short and long term use
  • negotiating with landowners and other interested parties about compulsory purchase or purchase by agreement
  • advising on land purchase issues
  • attending meetings and working with other departments and organisations
  • analysing financial and other data, and writing and presenting reports
  • keeping up-to-date with land management, building control and environmental issues

You’ll usually need an HNC, HND or degree in a related subject, like: 

  • building services engineering
  • surveying
  • construction management
  • facilities and estate management

The University College of Estate Management has details of distance learning courses.

£21,000 to £50,000

Starter salary: £21,000 to £25,000

Experienced salary: £27,000 to £35,000

These figures are a guide.


You’ll usually work 37 hours a week. This may include some evenings for committee work and meetings. Part-time work may be available.

You’ll usually be office-based, but you may need to travel to attend meetings and visit sites. You may need a driving licence.

With experience, you may be able to progress to estates manager, or specialise in a particular area.

Skills required and how your skills match up

What skills are required?

You’ll need:

  • communication skills
  • maths skills
  • negotiating skills
  • excellent IT skills
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