Job overview

Cleaners provide the highest level of cleaning service within their area of responsibility. They may be cleaning in an office, shop, care home or hospital.

Experience: No prior experience necessary.

Work hours: Typically 1-40 hours per week. There can be varied shift patterns including night shifts.

Salary: £16,000-£21,000

We've helped many Beam members start work as a cleaning operative, see their stories here.

Day to day

  • Dusting, sweeping, vacuuming, mopping, etc.

  • Stocking and supplying designated areas

  • Performing and documenting routine inspection and maintenance activities

  • Carry out heavy cleaning tasks and special projects

Pros and cons of a cleaning role


Equipment, cleaning products, PPE, and uniform are provided

You may be able to work flexibly


It can be hard, physically demanding work and you may need to handle heavy equipment and machinery

❌ May be dealing with strong cleaning chemicals and supplies

❌ The role may require you to work unsocial hours such as night shifts and weekends

Where to look for a role

There are many employers currently hiring and use search terms such as "cleaner" or "cleaning operative" on jobs boards.

Some companies to get you started:

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