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Facilities manager

Facilities managers oversee the operation and maintenance of building systems and services.

Annual Salary

£26,000 to £60,000

Average UK salary in 2019 was £30,378
(source Office for National Statistics)

Working hours

38 to 40 a week

You could work: between 8am and 6pm; flexibly

3%
Future employment

There will be 3% more Facilities manager jobs in 2025.
In your local area

Day to day tasks

Your day-to-day activities may include:

  • managing refurbishment, renovations and office moves
  • managing maintenance
  • making sure the building meets health and safety standards
  • advising on energy efficiency
  • managing cleaning, waste disposal, catering, parking and security
  • managing budgets and accounts
  • negotiating with contractors and suppliers
  • managing office systems like IT and equipment

Working environment

You could work at a university, at a college, at a sports arena or in an office.

You can get into this job through:

  • a university course
  • an apprenticeship
  • working towards this role
  • applying directly
University

You could do a foundation degree or degree in facilities management or building services management.

Entry requirements

You'll usually need:

  • at least 1 A level, or equivalent, for a foundation degree
  • 2 to 3 A levels, or equivalent, for a degree
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Apprenticeship

You may be able to take an advanced apprenticeship as a facilities supervisor or a higher apprenticeship as a facilities manager. This will usually take 18 to 24 months to complete.

You'll do on-the-job training and spend time with a college or training provider.

Entry requirements

You'll usually need:

  • 5 GCSEs at grades 9 to 4 (A* to C), or equivalent, including English and maths, for an advanced apprenticeship
  • 4 or 5 GCSEs at grades 9 to 4 (A* to C) and A levels, or equivalent, for a higher or degree apprenticeship
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Work

You may be able to start as a building caretaker or a management assistant and work your way up. You'll be encouraged to work towards qualifications like a Level 3 Diploma in Facilities Management.

Your employer may ask you to study for professional qualifications offered by the ILM.

Direct application

You can apply for jobs directly if you've got a combination of relevant experience and qualifications. This includes technical skills related to buildings and property, and management skills.

Qualifications and experience in building services engineering, surveying or health and safety could give you an advantage.

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Career tips

You may find it useful to have a health and safety qualification.

Professional and industry bodies

You could apply to become a member of the Institute of Workplace and Facilities Management for professional recognition, training opportunities and to make industry contacts.

Further information

You can find out more about becoming a facilities manager from the Institute of Workplace and Facilities Management.

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With experience you may be able to progress to senior or regional manager roles.

Skills required and how your skills match up

What skills are required?

You'll need:

  • customer service skills
  • business management skills
  • administration skills
  • to be thorough and pay attention to detail
  • knowledge of economics and accounting
  • patience and the ability to remain calm in stressful situations
  • the ability to accept criticism and work well under pressure
  • the ability to work well with others
  • the ability to use your initiative
  • to be able to use a computer and the main software packages competently
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