Housing Standards Officers/Trainee Housing Standards Officers

Wirral Metropolitan Borough Council
£26,238 to £35,336
Closing date
19 Aug 2022

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Contract Type
Full Time

Housing Standards Officers/Trainee Housing Standards Officers

  • Employer: Wirral Metropolitan Borough Council
  • Salary: £26,238 to £35,336
  • Location: Hybrid Working
  • Contract: Temporary
  • Working Pattern: Flexible Hours/Full Time
  • Hours: 36 hours.
  • DBS Check: No
  • Closing Date: 19/08/2022 at 23:55
  • Reference: R&P/22/205587

Housing Standards Officer / Trainee Housing Standards Officer

It's an exciting time to join Wirral's Housing Services, we have a new opportunity within our Housing Standards team to drive forward our Housing agenda and passion to support our customers. 

In both these roles, you'll be responsible for improving housing standards across the Borough by working pro-actively, providing advice and guidance, undertaking property inspections and enforcement activity to reduce hazards in a range of housing types in the private sector. We are looking for candidates who have a passion to drive up standards.

We have a total of 4 posts available and would welcome candidates who are either starting their careers in housing or have already worked/are working in this field.

Both roles will require generic working across all private sector housing disciplines including selective licensing, mandatory licensing of houses of multiple occupation, property accreditation, the delivery of financial assistance products to improve housing and bringing back into use long term empty properties.

For those interested in a trainee HSO posts we are looking for someone who is keen to learn about property conditions and their impact on health, surveying, and the range of tools available to tackle poor conditions. In return we will offer you comprehensive training and support to enable you to grow into the role of Housing Standards Officer (HSO). Subject to performance and available resources, there may be the opportunity for you to progress to the role of HSO at the end of the 2-year fixed term contract. 

For those interested in the role of HSO we are looking for someone who has previously worked in this field before and is experienced in assessing property conditions and enforcement work. You must have a good understanding of the Housing Health and Rating System and a sound knowledge of housing legislation across all areas of housing standards, particularly Houses in Multiple Occupation. We will offer you the opportunity to work generically across all private sector housing disciplines in a professional team of like minded officers.

In both roles you should be customer focused with excellent interpersonal skills as well as experience dealing with the public face to face and over the telephone.

Above all you will be looking to improve the way we engage with our employees, residents, and customers to ensure they are at the heart of everything we do.

3 of the vacancies are for an initial fixed term of 24 months, 1 is fixed term until 31st March 2024, however there may be potential to extend the roles further for the successful candidates, subject to funding being available.

Interviews are planned for w/c 29th August 2022.

Please note that in accordance with the Council’s policy, employees who are in a formal redeployment situation will be considered in the first instance for all vacancies.

It is Council policy not to re-appoint any employee who has left under the terms of the Council's Early Voluntary Retirement (EVR) scheme or who have left with a voluntary severance (VS) package, unless in exceptional circumstances.

Applications will be accepted until midnight on the closing date.

We reserve the right to close this vacancy earlier than the specified date should we receive sufficient applications.

Applications can only be accepted through the Jobs page following registration.  Forms received via the post will not be processed.

All applicants invited to interview must evidence their right to work in the UK.  Details of required documents can be found by clicking the link at the bottom of the Jobs page.

The job description and other supporting documents will not be accessible once the vacancy closing date has passed so if a copy is required you should download it now.


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