Estates officer

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

Average salary (a year)

£21,000 Starter

to

£50,000 Experienced

Typical hours (a week)

38 to 40 a week

You could work

evenings attending events or appointments

How to become an estates officer

You can get into this job through:

  • a university course
  • an apprenticeship
  • applying directly

University

You can do a foundation degree, higher national diploma or degree in a subject like:

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

You could do a qualification by distance learning through the University College of Estate Management. This may be an option if you're already working in the industry.

Entry requirements

You'll usually need:

  • 1 or 2 A levels for a foundation degree or higher national diploma
  • 2 to 3 A levels for a degree

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Apprenticeship

You may be able to take an advanced apprenticeship as a facilities supervisor or a higher apprenticeship as a facilities manager, while working in an estates office. It will usually take 18 to 24 months to complete.

Entry requirements

You'll usually need:

  • 5 GCSEs at grades 9 to 4 (A* to C), including English and maths, for an advanced apprenticeship
  • 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

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Direct application

You could apply directly if you've got experience and qualifications in a related career like property management, building health and safety or surveying.

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Further information

You can find out more about training and working in estate management through The Chartered Institute of Building and the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors.

What it takes

Skills and knowledge

You'll need:

  • customer service skills
  • business management skills
  • administration skills
  • to be thorough and pay attention to detail
  • knowledge of economics and accounting
  • patience and the ability to remain calm in stressful situations
  • the ability to accept criticism and work well under pressure
  • the ability to work well with others
  • to be able to use a computer and the main software packages competently

What you'll do

Day-to-day tasks

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

Working environment

You could work in an office or from home.

Your working environment may be at height and outdoors some of the time.

Career path and progression

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

Current opportunities

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Courses In England

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