Housing policy officer

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

Average salary (a year)

£22,000 Starter


£40,000 Experienced

Typical hours (a week)

37 to 39 a week

You could work

9am to 5pm attending events or appointments

How to become a housing policy officer

You can get into this job through:

  • a university course
  • an apprenticeship
  • working towards this role
  • a trainee scheme


You can do a foundation degree or degree in:

  • housing studies
  • social policy
  • town planning

Entry requirements

You'll usually need:

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

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You can complete a policy officer higher apprenticeship.

Entry requirements

You'll usually need:

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

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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.

Other routes

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.

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Further information

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

What it takes

Skills and knowledge

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
  • you will be expected to use a computer confidently as part of this job.

What you'll do

Day-to-day tasks

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

Working environment

You could work in an office.

Career path and progression

You could specialise in a particular policy area, like equality issues, regeneration or research and data collection.

Training opportunities

Apprenticeships In England

We can't find any apprenticeship vacancies in England for a housing policy officer right now.

The Find an apprenticeship service can help you with your search, send alerts when new apprenticeships become available and has advice on how to apply.

Courses In England

Level 2 Certificate in Housing Practice

  • Provider: NEW CITY COLLEGE
  • Start date: 01 January 2020
  • Location: LONDON

FdA Housing & Community Studies

  • Start date: 05 June 2020
  • Location: DURHAM

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