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Dry Cleaning or Laundry Worker

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A dry cleaning or laundry worker uses chemicals and equipment such as a steam press, washing machine or a dry cleaning machine to clean clothes and other items.

The Work

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Pay

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

The starting salary is often based on the National Minimum Wage (NMW).

As of 1 April 2019 the National Minimum Wage is £4.35 an hour for workers aged 16 to 17, £6.15 an hour for workers aged 18 to 20 and £7.70 an hour for workers aged 21 to 24. The National Living Wage is £8.21 for workers aged 25 and over. This may rise to £8.00 an hour with experience.

Salaries for dry cleaning or laundry managers range from £15,000 to £30,000 a year.

Conditions

Workforce Employment Status

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Getting In

There are jobs in dry cleaning shops, dry cleaning or industrial laundry plants or in small laundries attached to hospitals, care homes, prisons or hotels.

Workforce Education Levels (UK)

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Job Outlook Scotland

Employment

Unemployment

Percentage of workforce registered as unemployed (Scotland)

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Job Outlook Scotland and UK

  Scotland
2019
2190
0.4 %
RISE
2024
2199
  United Kingdom
2019
26048
1.5 %
RISE
2024
26448

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What Does it Take?

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Training

Getting On

Video

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Contacts

The following organisations may be able to provide further information.

Guild of Cleaners and Launderers
Tel: 01698 322669
E-mail: enquiries@gcl.org.uk
Website: http://www.gcl.org.uk/

Society of Hospital Linen Service and Laundry Managers
Tel: 01253 869968
E-mail: info@linenmanager.co.uk
Website: http://www.linenmanager.co.uk/

Textile Services Association (TSA)
Tel: 0203 151 5600
E-mail: tsa@tsa-uk.org
Website: http://www.tsa-uk.org
Twitter: @TextileServices
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/TextileServicesUK/

UK Fashion and Textile Association (UKFT)
Tel: 020 7843 9460
E-mail: info@ukft.org
Website: http://www.ukft.org
Twitter: @UKFTorg
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/UKfashionandtextile/

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