Housing Policy Officer

Job Description:

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

Job Category:
Government & Public Services

What you will do:

In your day-to-day duties you may:

  • research housing issues and identify good practice
  • collect data relevant to housing, like health, employment and demographics
  • represent housing services on corporate working groups
  • produce reports, policy briefings and factsheets
  • make recommendations as a result of government initiatives and new legislation
  • give presentations to groups, both inside and outside your organisation


You’ll need:

  • legal knowledge including court procedures and government regulations
  • knowledge of systems analysis and development
  • to be able to use a computer and the main software packages competently

As well as:

  • the ability to use your judgement and make decisions
  • analytical thinking skills
  • business management skills
  • the ability to work well with others (teamwork skills)
  • excellent verbal communication skills (leadership skills)
  • persistence and determination
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Entry Requirements:

To become a Housing Policy Officer, there are no specific required, but having a strong educational foundation, including good grades in certain subjects, can be beneficial. Housing Policy Officers work in the public sector, non-profit organisations, or private companies to develop and implement housing policies, address housing-related issues, and advocate for housing solutions. Here are some subjects and considerations that can be useful:

  1. English Language: Strong communication skills, including reading, writing, and verbal communication, are essential for drafting policy documents, reports, and correspondence.
  2. Mathematics: Basic math skills can be helpful for analysing data, statistics, and financial aspects of housing policies.
  3. Social Sciences: Subjects like Sociology, Geography, or Economics can provide insights into social issues, community dynamics, economics, and the factors affecting housing policy.
  4. Business Studies or Public Administration: Understanding administrative and management principles can be valuable for policy development and implementation.
  5. Politics or Government and Politics: Knowledge of political systems, government structures, and policymaking processes is relevant to the role of a Housing Policy Officer.
  6. Law (if available): Some schools offer law courses, which can provide a foundation for understanding legal aspects related to housing policies and regulations.
  7. ICT (Information and Communication Technology): Proficiency in using computers and software applications is valuable for data analysis, research, and report preparation.

Post School

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


You could work your way up from a housing and property management advanced apprenticeship. With experience and successful completion of a qualification you could apply for trainee policy officer roles.

With high qualifications you could do a policy officer higher apprenticeship.


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. This is open to graduates of any subject and non graduates who are already working in housing.

Working Hours and Environment:

A typical week consists of 37-39 hours of work. You could be required to work 9am to 5pm attending events or appointments.

You could work in an office.

Career Path & Progression:

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

With experience you could move into supervisory or management roles.