Key workers are not just nurses and firefighters, there is a whole host of other professions that are classed as key workers. A key worker is essentially anyone that works in the public sector and the government wants to make it easier for these type of people to be able to rent or buy a property.
Who Is Eligible
The government has produced quite a lengthy list of professions that qualify as key workers.
Most jobs within the NHS will be classed as key workers, the government defines them as “clinical NHS staff”, which means doctors and dentists do not qualify, mainly because they are already on a substantial wage and should be able to afford to buy and rent their own property.
Teachers and nursery nurses in primary schools and sixth form colleges also class as key workers. The line becomes a bit more blurry concerning headmasters and headmistresses, so you would need to check with your local authority if this applies to you.
Most police officers, community support officers and a number of civilian staff are also classed as key workers. Again, it depends on your rank and pay as to whether you are classed as a key worker, so you should check with your local authority,
Prison officers and some of the lower ranking prison staff are classed as key workers, along with probation service staff.
Professions such as social workers, educational psychologists, and therapists who are employed by local authorities such as the NHS are also seen as key workers and can apply for the scheme.
Local authority planners, along with firefighters and other staff below principal level in the fire and rescue service qualify. If you are on your way to becoming a senior level figure within the forces then you should check that you still qualify as a key worker.
Certain posts within the Ministry of Defence also fall under the scheme, along with Connexions personal advisors which are employed by a local authority.
And finally, qualified environmental health officers/practitioners who work in local authority a government agency or any other public sector agencies also qualify, some highway agency traffic officer staff are also suitable to apply for the scheme.
There are a few grey areas when it comes to who can and cannot apply for a key worker scheme, so if you think you are borderline or are not sure if you fall into the key worker category check with your local authority as to what its boundaries are.
Unfortunately just because you are classed as a key worker it does not necessarily mean you will be able to apply for the scheme. Not all areas have a key worker scheme available.
Berkshire, Buckinghamshire and Oxfordshire all have key worker schemes available, along with Hampshire, Surrey, Hertfordshire, Kent, Sussex and Essex.
Bedfordshire and Cambridgeshire, and Norfolk and Suffolk can also offer such schemes.
Quite a lot of places in the North of England are excluded, this is mainly because there is a lot more affordable housing in the North of England, so a lesser need for it.
There are key worker schemes available in the North of England, but they will normally be on a lesser scale.
The government is quite broad in its description of what a key worker is, so if you fall into one of the above categories there is a good chance you will qualify for the scheme, but you should double check with your local authority.
I am a teacher in the Hillingdon area looking to move near Fairlop. I want to save with the intention to buy. Do I qualify for key worker home support?
Teacher - 19-Apr-17 @ 6:40 AM
I am current in a one bedroom a NHS worker, provided by newlon. Am in search of a 2 bedroom, however am on maternity leave and will be returning to work on a reduce hours (from 37.5 to 22hrs). Just want to know if I will qualify for intermediate rent if working part time.
Adiz - 30-Mar-17 @ 11:26 PM
Hi I'm a registered dental nurse for a nhs practice was wounder2 if I qualify as a key worker?
Jo1632 - 11-Dec-16 @ 8:33 PM
I am a registered nurse and work full time agency. Am I entitled to apply for the key workers scheme?
Cinders - 6-Oct-16 @ 7:19 AM
I would like to find out if I qualify to be a key worker, I have worked for London Transport for the past sixteen years and have recently been told that the range of people has increased.
jerry - 7-Sep-16 @ 12:30 AM
I work as a Cardiac Physiologist Band 5.
I work agency in NHS Hospitals.
Would I qualify for the key worker scheme?
Simon Hartley - 23-Jun-16 @ 10:09 PM
I am NVQ 3 qualified in childcare.I am a manager for a day nursery in Iver.Would I qualify?
NDhall - 23-Jun-16 @ 12:19 PM
I am a registered nurse and live and work in Suffolk. I do not work in the public sector but work for a well known national charity as a nurse., Could I be eligible to be a key worker?
pandora - 20-Jun-16 @ 8:36 PM
Presently working for NHS -Imperial Trust as 'MEDICAL SECRETARY'
does this designation qualify for being a 'NHS-Key Worker' for 'Rental Key worker housing' (to benefit from intermediate rent offered by such A2dominion etc.)
Also, does this designation qualify as 'key worker' to buying house?
Answer/advice would be highly appreciated.
JIMZ - 10-Jun-16 @ 12:24 PM
Claude - Your Question:
Hi, I am a SEN teacher and my wife is a NHS nurse in Cambridge. It's still available the key workers home buy scheme? I would like to get registered.
You would have to check with your local authority directly.
AffordableHomeAdvice - 23-May-16 @ 10:33 AM
I am a SEN teacher and my wife is a NHS nurse in Cambridge. It's still available the key workers home buy scheme? I would like to get registered.
Claude - 22-May-16 @ 8:44 AM
Would appreciate your thoughts---
I applied for the key worker housing scheme 3 yrs ago when I was in the the NHS. I now live in a one bedroom key worker flat. I have moved into the private sector as a nurse and would like to buy my flat. Would I be eligible for the Right to buy scheme?Thank you.
Steff - 19-May-16 @ 9:55 AM
The key worker schemes are a shambles. My girlfriend and I qualify but have been on a list for keyworker housing for over 3 years at the council because they "work closely with parters running the schemes" we keep getting told by the council that "places dont come up that often". We have to go in every 6 months to get a card signed, ticket off and then sent out the door!
Places we know are keyworker apartments we cant find out who deals with them. We have been told certain companys run the scheme in certain areas like "Catalyst housing" so we contacted them and they say they dont deal with our area anymore. We are now moving to a different area (burning more money private renting)and we will now be needing to register with a different council....under the new council we even know someone in key worker housing, they got put in touch to the companys running the schemes through the council but the council tell us they dont run the scheme and cant help us?! Its a complete mess. It seems that if you dont work hard, have children and are a fan of Jeremy Kyle you get a choice of propertys. What happened go helping the hardworking real "key workers".
Martin - 12-May-16 @ 11:26 PM
Hi I'm about to join the prison service and has been posted in Suffolk can you please tell me how to apply gor this scheme and also what it entails ?
Duck - 30-Apr-16 @ 6:35 PM
Am just finishing finals at med schools and have placement at hospitals in Cambridgeshire as junior doctor. Starting salary not high and have to move from Sussex. Would I be eligible for keyworker rental flats in cambs
r - 15-Apr-16 @ 12:49 AM
I am a student nurse in Cambridge.... I am just starting my third and final year.... Am I classed as a key worker?
Julie - 30-Mar-16 @ 4:17 PM
Does a support worker count as a key worker?
Katie - 3-Mar-16 @ 10:20 PM
My son is about to finish a 3year network rail engineering apprenticeship Do network rail employees qualify for the scheme at all
LVC - 22-Feb-16 @ 12:35 PM
Nimmy - Your Question:
Hi, I'm a health care assistant working for a private company. Do I qualify as a keyworker?Thanks,Nimmy
As specified in the article, a key worker is essentially anyone that works in the public sector. If you work in the private sector, you are not eligible.
AffordableHomeAdvice - 2-Dec-15 @ 3:06 PM
I'm a health care assistant working for a private company. Do i qualify as a keyworker?
Nimmy - 2-Dec-15 @ 10:50 AM
I'm a home help Carer, through a private company (not NHS) would I qualify?
Tina - 17-Oct-15 @ 7:45 PM
I know I qualify as a key worker in Essex
I want to buy under the this scheme please tell me who I need to contact as I want to buy
ASAP I do have some money to a deposit
Charlie - 18-Sep-15 @ 7:06 PM
Stephie - Your Question:
Hi, I'm 27 and looking to buy my first home. I work in Exeter, Devon. I've worked full time (6 days per week) for the last 10 years at the same leisure centre. It's run jointly by a company & a charity, but it is owned by the Council.I'm fully qualified in several roles (as a swimming instructor, sports co-ordinator etc). I teach 'school swimming lessons' to the children from seven of the local schools (primary & secondary). I also teach various aqua-based classes to elderly, infirm, disabled, pregnant & obese clients. Is there any chance that I could possibly qualify as a Key Worker? Thank you
The definition of a 'key worker' is a public sector employee who is considered to provide an 'essential' service to society. As specified in the article, in addition to the likes of teachers, police officers, or NHS health workers, there are a few grey areas when it comes to who can and cannot apply for a key worker scheme, so if you think you are borderline or are not sure if you fall into the key worker category check with your local authority as to what its boundaries are. I hope this helps.
AffordableHomeAdvice - 10-Aug-15 @ 10:01 AM
Hi, I'm 27 and looking to buy my first home. I work in Exeter, Devon.I've worked full time (6 days per week) for the last 10 years at the same leisure centre. It's run jointly by a company & a charity, but it is owned by the Council.
I'm fully qualified in several roles (as a swimming instructor, sports co-ordinator etc) .
I teach 'school swimming lessons' to the children from seven of the local schools (primary & secondary).
I also teach various aqua-based classes to elderly, infirm, disabled, pregnant & obese clients.Is there any chance that I could possibly qualify as a Key Worker?Thank you
Stephie - 7-Aug-15 @ 1:59 AM
@Bee - The qualifying job roles may vary between local authorities, therefore you would have to contact your local HomeBuy agencies. I'm afraid we can't recommend specific agencies directly, you would have to undertake this research yourself.
AffordableHomeAdvice - 5-Aug-15 @ 9:35 AM
Hi I am currently working for NHS Trust Southern Health. Please advice me how to apply for key worker scheme
Emmanuel - 2-Aug-15 @ 7:20 PM
Hi I think I qualify as a key worker. I work for East Sussex county council and I would like to find out how to apply?
Bee - 2-Aug-15 @ 8:54 AM
I Work For NHS as a Hca permanent and i am a single parent. Do i clasify for the key worker scheme
Adi - 29-Jul-15 @ 9:04 PM
Hello. I am working for G4S as Detention Custody Officer. On my contract this figure as Family Care Officer. This is Immigration removal centre. Do I qualify? Thank you.
ziggy - 16-Jul-15 @ 3:42 PM
Hi I know I'm eligible as part of the key worker scheme and work within Essex . How do I get more information regarding the houses that are part of the key worker scheme. I'm interested in renting and buying.
Thanks in advance.