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The Chartered Institute of Housing is the independent voice for housing and the home of professional standards

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The social housing sector employs more than 150,000 people - mainly to manage and maintain its homes. There are also  ‘housing’ jobs which can be found in housing trusts, cooperatives, voluntary organisations, the private sector, universities, commercial bodies, the Ministry of Defence and public services such as social care health.

Housing work is really varied and housing organisations provide opportunities for people from a variety of backgrounds. The work can include giving advice to homeless people, collecting rents and other income from tenants, assessing repairs on a house and arranging for them to be done, finding new tenants for vacant homes and overseeing the building of new homes.

There have been many changes in the social housing sector over the last few years - there are more people needing social housing than homes available, changes to social security mean that it’s harder for people to afford their housing costs - and for landlords to collect rent and housing workers increasingly need to work with other public services and partners to make sure that the needs of tenants and communities are met, for example, on tackling anti-social behaviour.

If you choose to work in housing, you will have the satisfaction of knowing that your contribution really matters, because everyone needs somewhere decent and affordable to live.The work is not easy and often challenging, but the rewards in terms of fulfilment are high.

Jobs in housing »

Types of jobs in the housing sector

The range of job roles in the housing industry is extremely diverse. Job titles will vary from organisation to organisation and employers require people with a wide range of qualifications, expertise and skills to support the variety of functions and disciplines within the organisation.

Housing officer
Housing options officer
Income officer
Supported housing worker
Resident involvement officer
Development project manager

Training »

Training courses in the housing sector

Our training programmes are designed to ensure that housing professionals and organisations are equipped to overcome the challenges they face day-to-day. Delivered by expert trainers in a friendly, stimulating environment, our courses bring together formal training with day-to-day experience, including lots of references to work and the real-life problems and issues delegates face.

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Qualifications »

CIH qualification finder

We offer qualifications that you can study online or with CIH in England, Scotland, Wales, Northern Ireland or the Republic of Ireland - or we can create a tailored programme and deliver it in-house at your organisation.

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Events »

Conferences and seminar events

Our programme of events, seminars and conferences are a fantastic opportunity to accrue CPD points, network with colleagues and learn about the housing industry from leading figures.

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