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

Pros:

Equipment, cleaning products, PPE, and uniform are provided

You may be able to work flexibly

Cons:

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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