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A cleaner does cleaning and general housework duties, usually inside a building, although some clean inside buses, trains or aeroplanes. You usually specialise in cleaning a particular type of place such as a domestic cleaner in a private home, an industrial cleaner in an office or public place, or a hospital cleaner.

The Work

You could be:


The figures below are only a guide. Actual pay rates may vary, depending on:

Starting pay is often based on the National Minimum Wage (NMW) or the National Living Wage (NLW).

As of 1 April 2022 the National Minimum Wage is £4.81 an hour for workers aged 16 to 17, £6.83 an hour for workers aged 18 to 20 and £9.18 an hour for workers aged 21 to 22. The National Living Wage is £9.50 for workers aged 23 and over.

You may be able to earn more by doing overtime or night shifts. As a supervisor you could earn around £13.00 an hour.


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Getting In

Jobs are found with contract cleaning companies, domestic cleaning agencies and local authorities or you could be self-employed.

What Does it Take?

You need to be:


Getting On

If you are working for a large agency you can apply for promotion to a supervisory position. Many cleaners are self-employed.


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The following organisations may be able to provide further information.

British Institute of Cleaning Science
Tel: 01604 678710
Twitter: @BICSc_UK

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