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Facilities managers run buildings by seeing to the needs of the people inside. That means taking charge of services including cleaning, catering, hospitality, security and parking.


Average salaries are in the region of £19,000.00 to £60,000.00. Salaries will vary depending on location / employer

Career Profile

Facilities managers run buildings by seeing to the needs of the people inside.

What they do

Construction jobs in facilities management (FM) involve ensuring that a building functions smoothly throughout its operational life. This covers both technical and general aspects: for example, maintaining building systems such as heating at the same time as making sure that the building is kept operational. Facilities managers are now frequently involved at the design stage of a project to help avoid future maintenance problems.

Working in construction as a facilities manager involves liaising closely with the client, providing  a fully managed, directly delivered customer service centre which is supported by market leading IT software.

Facilities management aims to provide an organisation, including its space, infrastructure and people, with a strategic and calculated management system. It delivers and manages a comprehensive range of maintenance and support services for organisations within both the public and private sectors.

These include planned, preventative and reactive maintenance, as well as legislative, regulatory, statutory and environmental requirements.

Most major sectors will offer facilities or estates management roles, including the largest employer in the UK, the National Health Service (NHS). You can access opportunities and find further information at National Health Service – Estate Services and National Health Service Apprenticeships.

It is a great career for anyone who is good at getting on with all kinds of people – and enjoys organising things.

Hours & Salary

  • Newly trained facilities managers can earn in the region of £21,800 - £26,000
  • Trained with experience facilities managers can earn in the region of £26,000 - £39,000
  • Senior, chartered or master facilities managers can earn in the region of £39,000- £45,500

Salaries depend on location, employer and level of responsibility. Salaries and career options also improve with chartered status.


 

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Case Study

We provide repairs and maintenance for social housing. Every day is different but I will usually meet with clients, residents and staff to monitor progress and find ways of improving the service and standards achieved, and new opportunities.

How did you get started?

I started my career in catering management, before moving to quality and audit management. I then joined one of the UK’s leading facility management providers as a regional manager and then another contractor as a regional general manager, before joining Mears. I was initially employed to help set up a cleaning and grounds maintenance service as part of a larger contract. 

What do you enjoy about your job?

Leading the team to improve the quality of service we offer our clients and residents.

What skills do you need?

People skills and the ability to plan, lead and motivate a diverse team. Also determination to succeed and not be put off by problems. You should have a clear vision of what success looks like and be able to share it with others.

What makes you proud?

Seeing people’s careers develop as they take on bigger roles than they ever thought possible.

Advice on how to get into construction?

Go for it! There are endless opportunities for those willing to learn, work hard and be flexible. Move around as much as you can in the early part of your career to get as much experience as possible in different sectors and environments.

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Qualifications & Training

A degree in facilities management, property or estate management is a distinct advantage – and essential if you’re aiming to reach a senior role.

If you don’t have a degree you will need to have experience of the industry. An NVQ Level 3 or British Institute of Facilities Management (BIFM) or Institute of Leadership and Management (ILM) qualification in facilities management also helps.

You need technical skills related to property, as well as relevant management skills – including business strategy, budget and cost control, and people management.

Good ways to get these skills include:

  • A foundation degree, HND or degree in facilities management (or relevant subject such as management or business studies)
  • Relevant professional qualifications (such as surveying)
  • Experience in a relevant field (such as construction, building services, engineering, accountancy, hospitality or healthcare)

You don’t always need formal qualifications, though. It’s also possible to work your way up to being a facilities manager by having experience and skills in admin and organisation. Some managers simply take on wider responsibilities in areas such as cleaning, catering or security.

You can register to do a BIFM or ILM qualification through part-time or online study. Masters degrees in facilities management are also available at level 7.

Health and safety qualifications could help your career and may even be essential in some roles. They include ones offered by the National Examination Board in Occupational Safety and Health (NEBOSH) and the Institution of Occupational Safety and Health (IOSH) – the chartered body for health and safety professionals.

There is also a Higher Level Apprenticeship in Facilities Management. 

Once you are employed in facilities management you can complete BIFM qualifications at levels 2-7 or ILM qualifications at levels 4-6. The qualification you start with will depend on your level of experience and responsibility. BIFM Training (Quadrilect Ltd) also offers short courses on all aspects of facilities management. 

Scotland

Entry is usually with a Higher National Diploma (HND) or degree in facilities management or other relevant subject such as management or business studies.

Entry requirements are usually 1-2 Highers for an HND and 4-5 Highers for a degree.

A postgraduate qualification would be useful but is not essential. Edinburgh Napier University offers an MSc in Facilities Management, accredited by The Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS), on a full or part time basis.   

Entry without these qualifications is also possible, but you would start at a lower level and work your way up by studying part time for a professional qualification. The Institute of Leadership and Management (ILM) offers Level 3 Award, Certificate and Diploma in Facilities Management.

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Career trends and forecasts

4780 additional staff needed

The UK construction industry will need an additional 4780 senior, executive, and business process managers (which includes facilities managers) to meet demand between 2017 - 2021, according to the latest Construction Skills Network research (LMI). The majority of the demand for these construction jobs in the UK is in the South West followed by Greater London. Then a fairly even split of demand between Yorkshire and Humber, East of England, Scotland and Wales.

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