Property management

Housing policy officer

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

Annual Salary

£22,000 to £40,000

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

Working hours


Future employment

There will be 5% more Housing policy officer jobs in 2024.
In your local area

What's it all about?

Your day-to-day duties may include:

  • researching housing issues and identifying good practice
  • collecting data relevant to housing, like health, employment and demographics
  • representing housing services on corporate working groups
  • producing reports, policy briefings and factsheets
  • making recommendations as a result of government initiatives and new legislation
  • giving presentations to groups, both inside and outside your organisation


You can do a foundation degree or degree in:

  • housing studies
  • social policy
  • town planning

You'll usually need:

  • at least 1 A level for a foundation degree 
  • 2 to 3 A levels for a degree


You can complete a policy officer higher apprenticeship.

You'll usually need:

  • 4 or 5 GCSEs at grades 9 to 4 (A* to C) and A levels, or equivalent qualifications, for a higher or a degree apprenticeship

£22,000 to £40,000

Starter salary: £22,000 to £25,000

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

These figures are a guide.


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.

You can start as an office assistant or housing officer with a housing organisation.

With further training and experience, you could work your way up to become a housing policy officer.

You can apply for a training scheme like the GEM programme. This is open to graduates of any subject and non graduates who are already working in housing.

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

You can find out more about working in housing from the Chartered Institute of Housing and the National Housing Federation.

Skills required and how your skills match up

What skills are required?

You'll need:

  • legal knowledge including court procedures and government regulations
  • the ability to use your judgement and make decisions
  • the ability to work well with others
  • analytical thinking skills
  • excellent verbal communication skills
  • knowledge of systems analysis and development
  • persistence and determination
  • business management skills
  • to be able to use a computer and the main software packages competently
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