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: Β£16,000-Β£21,000

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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


βœ… Equipment, cleaning products, PPE, and uniform are provided

βœ… 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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