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Public Sector Estate Officer Profile


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  • Finding Suitable Work as a Public Sector Estate Officer
  • Working Duties Expected
  • Hours and Environment
  • Working Skills Required
  • Training Requirements
  • Salary Expectations
  • Trade Information
  • Other useful Public Sector Estate Officer Work Information

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Working Duties Expected

Public sector estates officers are responsible for the management of land and property belonging to local councils, health authorities and other statutory bodies. They may specialise in lettings, acquisitions or management.

The work includes the day-to-day management of properties, organising and monitoring of repairs and maintenance, and dealing with tenancy applications for housing and business premises. Other tasks include rent reviews and assessment, checking returns on investment, ensuring properties are being used appropriately and keeping up to date with land management and environmental issues.

Buying and selling property is another aspect of the work. This can involve detailed negotiations with landowners and other interested parties. In public authorities, estates officers may be concerned with, or advise on, the compulsory purchase or purchase by agreement of land.

Attending meetings, visiting sites, liaising with other departments and organisations, some financial and statistical analysis, and report writing are also part of the work.

Hours and Environment

Estates officers work 9am - 5pm, Monday to Friday. In local government, there may be some evening committee work. Flexitime, part-time work and job sharing may be available.

The work is mostly office-based, but there is some travel for meetings and site visits.

Skills and Interests

To be an estates officer, you need:

  • good communication, presentational and organisational skills
  • excellent numerical skills
  • good negotiating skills
  • the ability to analyse written and numerical information
  • an eye for detail when examining property, legal documents and statistics
  • the ability to work in a team
  • the ability to work under pressure.

A driving licence is essential.


There are no set minimum entry qualifications for this work, although most people have A levels, H grades or similar qualifications; many have degrees or professional qualifications in chartered or technical surveying.

Chartered surveyors hold an accredited degree or postgraduate qualification. There are also postgraduate courses for non-accredited degree holders. Courses are available part-time, full-time or by distance learning. Entry to a degree course requires at least two A levels/three Highers and five GCSEs (A-C)/S grades (1-3). Equivalent qualifications may be accepted.

Technical surveyors have an approved BTEC higher national certificate or diploma (HNC/HND). Entry to these courses is usually with one A level/two H grades or equivalent qualifications.

The professional institutes (see training) provide lists of relevant diploma, degree and postgraduate courses. They may also offer alternative membership routes for mature candidates with substantial experience in a related area such as architectural or technical engineering.

For details of qualification equivalents see:

Qualifications and Curriculum Authority (England, Wales and Northern Ireland)
Scottish Qualifications Authority
An Access to Higher Education qualification may also be accepted for entry to certain courses. If experienced in a related field, you may be able to gain recognition of skills through Accredited Prior Learning (APL). Please check with colleges or universities for exact entry requirements.


Three professional bodies that hold information on relevant qualifications are the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS), the Institute of Revenues, Rating and Valuation (IRRV) and the Architecture and Surveying Institute (ASI).

Several routes to qualifying as a chartered surveyor are offered. All involve studying for an approved qualification. Part-time, full-time and distance learning options are available. After initial training, RICS Assessment of Professional Competence (APC) must be passed.

RICS Diploma in Valuation is also available. Entry is with at least five GCSEs (A-C)/S grades (1-3) including English and maths. Equivalent qualifications may be accepted.

Technician-level and full professional qualifications are offered, along with qualifications relevant to the Scottish property market. These can be studied part-time, or by distance learning.

Offers several ways to qualify as a corporate estate surveyor. The normal initial entry requirements is an honours degree. The ASI Final Entry Requirement, a two-year relevant work experience placement must then be completed.

* Please note: The ASI has merged with the Chartered Institute of Building (CIOB) as of 31st December 2002. The CIOB has formed a new Faculty for Architecture and Surveying to accommodate the ASI. Courses previously accredited by ASI will continue to be recognised until 1st January 2006.

The College of Estate Management offers accredited courses in surveying disciplines by part-time, full-time and distance learning.

Practising estates officers may work towards NVQ/SVQ in Property Management or Housing at Level 4.

Foundation and Advanced Modern Apprenticeships (MAPPs) may be available for people aged 16-24.
For details see: MAPPs (England); Skillseekers MAPPs (Scotland); National Traineeships MAPPs (Wales); and MAPPs (Northern Ireland).


Most estates officers work in local government. Development corporations, health authorities and government bodies also offer opportunities.

Promotion prospects in local authorities and other government/government-supported organisations depend very much on the size and scope of the department; the larger departments normally have clearly defined promotion structures.

Increasingly, local authorities are contracting out much of the work undertaken by their estate departments, so positions are becoming available in the private sector.

Annual Income

The annual income section is intended as a guideline only. Income for estates officers varies considerably depending on qualifications and responsibilities.

Technician and lower grade estates officers can earn between £16,000 to £27,000 a year.
Experienced senior officers can earn around £31,500 a year.
Heads of units, specialist areas or departments can earn around £43,000 a year.

Further information

Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors
Surveyor Court
Westwood Way
Tel: 0870 333 1600

Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors Scotland
9 Manor Place
Tel: 0131 225 7078

Institute of Revenues, Rating and Valuation
41 Doughty Street
Tel: 020 7831 3505

Faculty for Architecture and Surveying (formerly Architecture and Surveying Institute)
Chartered Institute of Building
Kings Ride
Tel: 01344 630798

The College of Estate Management
Tel: 0118 986 1101

Other Useful Public Sector Estate Officer Work Information

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