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Cleaning & Environmental


A career in the Cleaning and Environmental industry will give you the opportunity to make a change to the world that we live in and improve all of our lives. From cleaning local processes and facilities to making an impact environmental on a national or global scale, there are many roles out there that could be right for you!

Industry Summary

The cleaning and environmental industry has a lot to offer – from the things you’d expect, such as caretaking and cleaning, to other opportunities such as conservation and environmental protection. We live in a world where climate change and pollution are on the news almost every day, becoming increasingly important in business and across the world! Your career could have you involved with projects that we don’t even know exist yet due to the rapidly changing nature of the sector.

The industry can be very rewarding – you’ll be able to see exactly what improvements you’re making to the world. Whether that’s cleaning systems, reservoirs or facilities to seeing the health impacts your changes are making to the environment and the people living in it. It’s safe to say a career in this industry would make a huge difference.

 

What options can I take for a career in cleaning and environmental?

 

Work experience

Pre-entry work experience is often desired by employers depending on the role as it demonstrates to them that you have the necessary skills to succeed. You could contact your local council and check what work placements they have available in the cleaning and environmental sector depending on your educational background. Spending time in the workplace will help you gain a greater understanding of the industry and enable you to make contacts with industry professionals. In addition, voluntary projects related to environmental conservation or recycling, such as local litter picking schemes will show employers that you’re motivated for your future career in the industry.

 

Apprenticeships

There are a number of apprenticeships available in the cleaning and environmental industry across the UK. An apprenticeship will give you the opportunity to get straight into a full-time position and working alongside experienced colleagues who may be able to offer some great advice on how to pursue your dream career path, and at the same time study towards a qualification that will give you the skills to prosper. What’s more is you’ll get paid a full salary! Some of the apprenticeship opportunities include:

  • Level 2 – Waste Resources Operative
  • Level 3 – Building Services Engineering Ventilation Hygiene Technician
  • Level 3 – Water Process Technician
  • Level 3 – Facilities Management Supervisor
  • Level 3 – Safety, Health and Environment Technician

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University

If you choose to go to university to start your cleaning and environmental career, you’ll study for a degree that’ll set you up for a unique career. You’ll be able to choose your units and specialise in areas you prefer and apply the theoretical knowledge you learn to your job when you graduate. An environmental studies degree, or one in a related field, may involve a lot of scientific theory and so if you wish to undertake a degree in this topic you may need relevant A-Levels (or the equivalent qualifications). Here are some of the degree opportunities available to you:

  • Environmental Science BSc (Hons)
  • Facilities Management BSc (Hons)
  • Marine Environmental Science BSc (Hons)
  • Environmental management BSc (Hons)
  • Media and Environmental Communication BA (Hons)
  • Countryside Management BSc (Hons)
  • Ecology and Wildlife Conservation BSc (Hons)

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Graduate Jobs

There are plenty of graduate opportunities in this sector. The environment continues to be a key issue faced by the UK government and many other organisations within the country, with a high demand for skilled graduates to enter the sector. Graduate careers in the cleaning and environment industry commonly involve air quality management, conservation, corporate responsibility and agricultural matters. Graduate training schemes are commonly offered at larger companies in this sector. These will allow you to enter work whilst acquiring the skills that will help you flourish later in your career.

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Other routes

Many people will choose to go straight into a full-time position after school or as a career change as there are opportunities for progression in the cleaning and environmental industry. Whatever option you choose will be the best for you providing that you work hard and take the opportunities that are handed to you!

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Waste disposal and environmental services managers

Work Description

Waste disposal and environmental services managers plan, organise, direct and co-ordinate the operations and development of waste disposal and related environmental services facilities within private firms or public authorities.

Qualification

Entry is possible with a variety of academic qualifications, including a degree or equivalent qualification in a related subject, and/or relevant experience. NVQ levels 3 and 4 and professional qualifications are available. Professional qualifications are available from the Chartered Institute of Wastes Management and may be mandatory in some operational management posts.

Job Tasks

determines staffing, financial, material and other short- and long-term requirements; manages and delegates tasks to staff and co-ordinates the maintenance and optimum utilisation of waste disposal and related equipment to provide an efficient service; monitors levels of waste disposal, recycling and related environmental services, compiles statistics and produces reports; liaises with members of the local community to educate and promote the concept of recycling and appropriate waste management; keeps up to date with new legislation and liaises with appropriate regulatory bodies to ensure compliance with legislation regarding waste disposal and environmental services; co-ordinates the resources and activities relating to the procurement, collection, storage, processing and sale of scrap metal and related products.

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Broker, scrap Dealer, general Dealer, metal, scrap Dealer, paper, waste Dealer, rag Dealer, rag and bone Dealer, scrap Man, rag Man, rag and bone Manager, cleansing Manager, environmental Manager, incinerator Manager, landfill Manager, merchant, scrap Manager, operations, water Manager, operations Manager, plant, recycling Manager, reclaim Manager, reclamation Manager, recycling Manager, site, landfill Manager, technical Manager, works, sewage Manager, yard Manager Manager Manager Manager Manager Manager Manager Manager Merchant, metal, scrap Merchant, paper, waste Merchant, rag and bone Merchant, salvage Merchant, scrap Owner, plant, recycling Owner, yard, scrap Owner Owner Totter 

Estimated Pay

Information on weekly pay (average, median and decile) is taken from a combination of two sources: the Annual Survey of Hours and Earnings (ASHE); and the Labour Force Survey (LFS) (both conducted by the Office for National Statistics (ONS)). ASHE is widely regarded as the most reliable source of information on Pay and Hours, however it does not include information on pay by qualification as well as some other characteristics (such as self-employment).

Unemployment Data

The level and rate of UK unemployment for this career path measured by the Labour Force Survey (LFS) as a percentage, using the International Labour Organisation's definition of unemployment.

Projected Employment Levels

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Conservation professionals

Work Description

Conservation professionals are responsible for ensuring that landscapes, habitats and species are protected and enhanced via appropriate management and conservation. They promote public understanding and awareness of the natural environment and help to develop and implement appropriate policies to achieve these objectives.

Qualification

Entrants normally require a degree in a relevant subject, sometimes with a related postgraduate qualification. Entry is also possible with a relevant BTEC/SQA Award or HND. Prior practical work experience (which may be obtained on a voluntary basis) is needed for most posts. Additional on-the-job training is available.

Job Tasks

promotes and implements local and national biodiversity action plans, particularly with regard to threatened species and habitats; carries out environmental impact assessments and field surveys; implements, evaluates and monitors schemes for the management and protection of natural habitats; provides advice and information to government at national and local levels, clients, landowners, planners and developers to facilitate the protection of the natural environment; liaises with other groups in the selection and maintenance of the Protected Site System including Special Areas of Conservation (SACs), Ramsar sites, and Sites of Special Scientific Interest (SSSIs) and National Nature Reserves (NNRs); maintains and develops knowledge in relevant policy areas within a national and European legislative context; promotes conservation issues via educational talks, displays, workshops and literature and liaison with the media; prepares applications for funding to other organisations, and assessing applications for funding from other organisations; carries out research into aspects of the natural world.

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Estimated Pay

Information on weekly pay (average, median and decile) is taken from a combination of two sources: the Annual Survey of Hours and Earnings (ASHE); and the Labour Force Survey (LFS) (both conducted by the Office for National Statistics (ONS)). ASHE is widely regarded as the most reliable source of information on Pay and Hours, however it does not include information on pay by qualification as well as some other characteristics (such as self-employment).

Unemployment Data

The level and rate of UK unemployment for this career path measured by the Labour Force Survey (LFS) as a percentage, using the International Labour Organisation's definition of unemployment.

Projected Employment Levels

Estimated Hours

Environment professionals

Work Description

Jobholders in this unit group investigate, address, and advise on a variety of terrestrial and marine environment and resource management issues, including the development and implementation of environmental policies and remedies that address the impacts of human activities and industrial processes on the environment.

Qualification

A good degree in a relevant subject is normally a minimum entry qualification, and some employers will require a postgraduate qualification. Relevant work experience to complement academic qualifications is highly desirable. Professional qualifications across a wide range of areas of work are available.

Job Tasks

identifies contamination of land, air or water and assesses any adverse impact on the environment; advises on and provides solutions for mitigating the effects of such contamination; implements remediation works; carries out environment-related desk-based research and fieldwork to collect, analyse and interpret data to determine their validity, quality and significance; carries out environmental audits and environmental impact assessments; communicates scientific and technical information to relevant audiences in an appropriate form, via reports, workshops, educational events, public hearings; assists organisations to conduct their activities in an environmentally appropriate manner; implements, reviews and advises on regulatory and legislative standards, guidelines and policies; provides professional guidance to clients, government agencies, regulators and other relevant bodies, having regard for sustainable approaches and solutions.

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Estimated Pay

Information on weekly pay (average, median and decile) is taken from a combination of two sources: the Annual Survey of Hours and Earnings (ASHE); and the Labour Force Survey (LFS) (both conducted by the Office for National Statistics (ONS)). ASHE is widely regarded as the most reliable source of information on Pay and Hours, however it does not include information on pay by qualification as well as some other characteristics (such as self-employment).

Unemployment Data

The level and rate of UK unemployment for this career path measured by the Labour Force Survey (LFS) as a percentage, using the International Labour Organisation's definition of unemployment.

Projected Employment Levels

Estimated Hours

Environmental health professionals

Work Description

Jobholders in this unit group use specialist technical skills and knowledge to protect people from health risks associated with the environment in which they live and work. They maintain and safeguard standards, including taking legal action to enforce relevant legislation with regard to public health policy.

Qualification

Entrants normally require a degree accredited by the Chartered Institute of Environmental Health (CIEH) or the Royal Environmental Health Institute of Scotland (REHIS) in addition to a work-based training placement, followed by professional examinations.

Job Tasks

inspects businesses for compliance with legislation on health and safety, food hygiene and food standards and takes appropriate action in the event of non-compliance; follows up complaints of unsafe workplaces, investigating accidents; investigates outbreaks of food poisoning, infectious diseases or pests; monitors radiation activity, levels of noise, air, land and water pollution and takes appropriate action when safety levels are exceeded; ensures animal welfare for compliance with legislation, issues licences for premises such as pet shops, zoos and abattoirs; gives talks at public enquiries and meetings, ensures compliance through education, advice and enforcement; initiates legal proceedings and gives evidence in court.

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Estimated Pay

Information on weekly pay (average, median and decile) is taken from a combination of two sources: the Annual Survey of Hours and Earnings (ASHE); and the Labour Force Survey (LFS) (both conducted by the Office for National Statistics (ONS)). ASHE is widely regarded as the most reliable source of information on Pay and Hours, however it does not include information on pay by qualification as well as some other characteristics (such as self-employment).

Unemployment Data

The level and rate of UK unemployment for this career path measured by the Labour Force Survey (LFS) as a percentage, using the International Labour Organisation's definition of unemployment.

Projected Employment Levels

Estimated Hours

Housekeepers and related occupations

Work Description

Housekeepers and related workers perform domestic cleaning and other housekeeping tasks within private households, hotels, schools, hostels and other non-private households.

Qualification

There are no formal academic entry requirements, although entrants typically possess GCSEs/S grades or an equivalent qualification. NVQs/SVQs and other vocational qualifications in hospitality and catering at levels 2 and 3 are available.

Job Tasks

controls the purchase and storing of food, cleaning materials, linen and other household supplies; maintains household records; performs a variety of domestic tasks including food preparation and service, cleaning and laundry; assists employer in washing, dressing, packing and other personal activities.

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Attendant Batman Companion Companion-help Companion-housekeeper Cook-housekeeper Footman Keeper, house, daily Keeper, house Keeper-companion, house Maid, lady's Manager, lifestyle Orderly, civilian Steward, flats Steward Steward Valet 

Estimated Pay

Information on weekly pay (average, median and decile) is taken from a combination of two sources: the Annual Survey of Hours and Earnings (ASHE); and the Labour Force Survey (LFS) (both conducted by the Office for National Statistics (ONS)). ASHE is widely regarded as the most reliable source of information on Pay and Hours, however it does not include information on pay by qualification as well as some other characteristics (such as self-employment).

Unemployment Data

The level and rate of UK unemployment for this career path measured by the Labour Force Survey (LFS) as a percentage, using the International Labour Organisation's definition of unemployment.

Projected Employment Levels

Estimated Hours

Caretakers

Work Description

Caretakers supervise and undertake the care and maintenance of church, school, office and other buildings, their facilities, fixtures and contents.

Qualification

No academic qualifications are required. Previous relevant experience may be needed, and training is provided in some areas. Background checks will be required for those whose job brings them into contact with children or vulnerable adults.

Job Tasks

locks and unlocks doors and entrances at appropriate times; supervises and/or undertakes the cleaning and maintenance of premises; controls heating, lighting and security systems; undertakes minor repairs and notifies owner of need for major repairs; checks fire and safety equipment for adequate functioning.

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Estimated Pay

Information on weekly pay (average, median and decile) is taken from a combination of two sources: the Annual Survey of Hours and Earnings (ASHE); and the Labour Force Survey (LFS) (both conducted by the Office for National Statistics (ONS)). ASHE is widely regarded as the most reliable source of information on Pay and Hours, however it does not include information on pay by qualification as well as some other characteristics (such as self-employment).

Unemployment Data

The level and rate of UK unemployment for this career path measured by the Labour Force Survey (LFS) as a percentage, using the International Labour Organisation's definition of unemployment.

Projected Employment Levels

Estimated Hours

Cleaning and housekeeping managers and supervisors

Work Description

Workers in this unit group manage and supervise cleaning and other housekeeping tasks within private households, hotels, schools, hostels and other non-private households, and in offices and other premises.

Qualification

There are no formal academic requirements, but GCSEs/S grades and/or relevant work experience may be needed in some instances. BTEC certificates and diplomas, NVQs/SVQs and degree level courses are available in relevant areas.

Job Tasks

recruits or participates in the selection process for cleaning and housekeeping staff and takes charge of staff training; assigns duties and responsibilities to staff and oversees working rotas; supervises the activities of cleaners and other housekeeping staff and inspects work undertaken; oversees the provision of cleaning and housekeeping supplies; arranges for replacement of broken, defective tools and handles arrangements for repairs to fixtures and fittings; manages budget for cleaning and housekeeping supplies and keeps record of expenditure.

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Estimated Pay

Information on weekly pay (average, median and decile) is taken from a combination of two sources: the Annual Survey of Hours and Earnings (ASHE); and the Labour Force Survey (LFS) (both conducted by the Office for National Statistics (ONS)). ASHE is widely regarded as the most reliable source of information on Pay and Hours, however it does not include information on pay by qualification as well as some other characteristics (such as self-employment).

Unemployment Data

The level and rate of UK unemployment for this career path measured by the Labour Force Survey (LFS) as a percentage, using the International Labour Organisation's definition of unemployment.

Projected Employment Levels

Estimated Hours

Industrial cleaning process occupations

Work Description

Job holders in this unit group clean manufactured goods, plant and machinery, and industrial, commercial and other premises.

Qualification

There are no formal academic entry requirements. Training is typically received on-the-job. NVQs/SVQs covering various aspects of industrial cleaning are available at Levels 1 and 2. Qualifications are also offered by the British Institute of Cleaning Science.

Job Tasks

uses industrial hoovering, polishing, pressure washer, steam cleaning and sandblasting equipment to clean commercial and industrial premises, public buildings and building exteriors; dismantles engines, boilers, furnaces and other industrial plant and machinery, cleans component parts and reassembles equipment; washes, rinses, dries and cleans manufactured goods, and stacks cleaned articles ready for removal.

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Cleaner, bag Cleaner, barrel Cleaner, bogie Cleaner, boiler Cleaner, book Cleaner, boot Cleaner, bottle Cleaner, box Cleaner, brass Cleaner, buddle Cleaner, card Cleaner, cask Cleaner, crane Cleaner, cycle Cleaner, decomposer Cleaner, drum Cleaner, engine, carding Cleaner, engine Cleaner, engine Cleaner, engine Cleaner, equipment Cleaner, factory Cleaner, frame Cleaner, gulley Cleaner, heald Cleaner, heddle Cleaner, house, boiler Cleaner, house, power Cleaner, hydraulic Cleaner, hygiene Cleaner, industrial Cleaner, jet Cleaner, key Cleaner, laboratory Cleaner, lamp Cleaner, lens Cleaner, line Cleaner, loco Cleaner, locomotive Cleaner, machine Cleaner, machinery Cleaner, maintenance Cleaner, mould Cleaner, pipe Cleaner, pit Cleaner, plant Cleaner, printer's Cleaner, road Cleaner, road and yard Cleaner, sack Cleaner, scrap Cleaner, sheet Cleaner, silver Cleaner, steam Cleaner, steam Cleaner, steam Cleaner, still Cleaner, tank Cleaner, tape, magnetic Cleaner, tin Cleaner, tin Cleaner, tray Cleaner, tube, boiler Cleaner, tube Cleaner, tube Cleaner, tube Cleaner, vat Cleaner, ware Cleaner, works Cleaner Cleaner Cleaner Cleaner Cleaner Cleaner Cleaner Cleaner and greaser Cleaner-engineer Cleaner-stoker Conditioner, air Drainman Emptier Fireman Fluffer Foreman, destructor, dust Hygienist, night Hygienist Jetter, water, pressure, high Labourer Machinist, cleaning Machinist, jetting Machinist, washing Machinist, washing Man, destructor, refuse Man, dry Man, gulley Man, jet Operative, cleansing, machine Operative, hygiene Operator, hygiene Operator, incinerator Rinser, bottle Roofman Washer, barrel Washer, basket Washer, bottle Washer, box Washer, bulb Washer, carriage Washer, cask Washer, drum Washer, jar Washer, keg Washer, pot Washer Worker, hygiene 

Estimated Pay

Information on weekly pay (average, median and decile) is taken from a combination of two sources: the Annual Survey of Hours and Earnings (ASHE); and the Labour Force Survey (LFS) (both conducted by the Office for National Statistics (ONS)). ASHE is widely regarded as the most reliable source of information on Pay and Hours, however it does not include information on pay by qualification as well as some other characteristics (such as self-employment).

Unemployment Data

The level and rate of UK unemployment for this career path measured by the Labour Force Survey (LFS) as a percentage, using the International Labour Organisation's definition of unemployment.

Projected Employment Levels

Estimated Hours

Window cleaners

Work Description

Window cleaners wash and polish windows and other glass fittings.

Qualification

No academic qualifications are required. On-the-job training may be available in larger firms. NVQs/SVQs in Cleaning: Windows, Glass and Façade Surfaces at Level 2 are available.

Job Tasks

secures ladders and other equipment to gain safe access to glass; selects appropriate cleaning or polishing implement; washes and polishes glass with brushes, cloths, sponges, water and solvents.

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Estimated Pay

Information on weekly pay (average, median and decile) is taken from a combination of two sources: the Annual Survey of Hours and Earnings (ASHE); and the Labour Force Survey (LFS) (both conducted by the Office for National Statistics (ONS)). ASHE is widely regarded as the most reliable source of information on Pay and Hours, however it does not include information on pay by qualification as well as some other characteristics (such as self-employment).

Unemployment Data

The level and rate of UK unemployment for this career path measured by the Labour Force Survey (LFS) as a percentage, using the International Labour Organisation's definition of unemployment.

Projected Employment Levels

Estimated Hours

Street cleaners

Work Description

Workers in this unit group clean, sweep and remove refuse from public thoroughfares.

Qualification

No academic qualifications are required. On-the-job training is provided. NVQs/SVQs in Cleaning: Highways and Land are available at Levels 1 and 2.

Job Tasks

sweeps pavements, gutters and roadways with hand broom or mechanical sweeper; collects litter using hand tools; transfers refuse into containers and empties public litter bins into containers.

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Estimated Pay

Information on weekly pay (average, median and decile) is taken from a combination of two sources: the Annual Survey of Hours and Earnings (ASHE); and the Labour Force Survey (LFS) (both conducted by the Office for National Statistics (ONS)). ASHE is widely regarded as the most reliable source of information on Pay and Hours, however it does not include information on pay by qualification as well as some other characteristics (such as self-employment).

Unemployment Data

The level and rate of UK unemployment for this career path measured by the Labour Force Survey (LFS) as a percentage, using the International Labour Organisation's definition of unemployment.

Projected Employment Levels

Estimated Hours

Cleaners and domestics

Work Description

Cleaners and domestics clean interiors of private houses, shops, hotels, schools, offices and other buildings.

Qualification

No academic qualifications are required. On-the-job training may be provided. NVQs/SVQs in Cleaning: Building Interiors are available at Levels 1 and 2.

Job Tasks

scrubs, washes, sweeps and polishes floors, corridors and stairs; dusts and polishes furniture and fittings; cleans toilets and bathrooms; washes down walls and ceilings; empties ashtrays, waste bins and removes rubbish.

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Estimated Pay

Information on weekly pay (average, median and decile) is taken from a combination of two sources: the Annual Survey of Hours and Earnings (ASHE); and the Labour Force Survey (LFS) (both conducted by the Office for National Statistics (ONS)). ASHE is widely regarded as the most reliable source of information on Pay and Hours, however it does not include information on pay by qualification as well as some other characteristics (such as self-employment).

Unemployment Data

The level and rate of UK unemployment for this career path measured by the Labour Force Survey (LFS) as a percentage, using the International Labour Organisation's definition of unemployment.

Projected Employment Levels

Estimated Hours

Launderers, dry cleaners and pressers

Work Description

Launderers, dry cleaners and pressers supervise and undertake the washing, dry cleaning, ironing and pressing of clothing, household and other linen, carpets, curtains and other articles.

Qualification

Academic qualifications are not required. Training is mainly on?the-job. NVQs/SVQs in Laundering are available at Levels 1 and 2.

Job Tasks

receives garment or item from customer for cleaning, checks pockets, buttons, zips, etc. and issues receipt; sorts articles by fabric, colour and type and determines appropriate cleaning process; removes difficult stains using chemicals or steam gun; loads articles into washing and dry cleaning machines or electrically operated drum cleaning machine, operates controls to admit cleaning fluids and starts machine; sets and operates drying machines and smoothes and shapes washed garments using hand iron or machine press; allocates washing machines to customers, ensures correct use of equipment and gives change; performs a variety of laundering, dry cleaning and pressing tasks, including beating carpets and shaping starched collars, cuffs and hats.

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Assistant, branch Assistant, cleaning, dry Assistant, general Assistant, launderette Assistant, laundry Assistant Attendant, house, wash Attendant, hydro Attendant, launderette Attendant, laundry Attendant, tumbler Beater, carpet Blocker Bluer Brusher Calenderer Cleaner, carpet Cleaner, clothes Cleaner, dry Cleaner, fur Cleaner, garment Cleaner, upholstery Cleaner, vacuum Cleaner Cleaner Dryer Dyer and cleaner Feeder Finisher Foreman, house, wash Foreman, laundry Foreman Foreman Framer Hand, calender Hand, hydro Hand, laundry Hand, leading Houseman, wash Ironer, glove Ironer Ironer Ironer Ironer Launderer Laundress Machinist, collar Machinist, laundry Machinist, shirt Machinist, washing Machinist Machinist Maid, laundry Man, laundry Matron, laundry Operative, cleaning, dry Operative, laundry Operative, restoration Operator, calender Operator, cleaner, dry Operator, hydro Operator, hydro Operator, hydro-extractor Operator, laundry Operator, presser, steam Operator, tumbler Operator, unit Preparer Presser, blouse Presser, cap Presser, clothes Presser, clothing Presser, collar Presser, garment Presser, general Presser, hand Presser, hand Presser, Hoffman Presser, knitwear Presser, lining Presser, machine Presser, seam Presser, shirt Presser, sleeve Presser, steam Presser, tailor's Presser, top Presser, trouser Presser Presser Smoother Spotter Starcher Steamer Superintendent, laundry Supervisor, laundry Tabber Taker-off Technician, cleaning, carpet Underpresser Washer Washerman Washman Winder, towel Worker, factory Worker, launderette Worker, laundry Worker, process 

Estimated Pay

Information on weekly pay (average, median and decile) is taken from a combination of two sources: the Annual Survey of Hours and Earnings (ASHE); and the Labour Force Survey (LFS) (both conducted by the Office for National Statistics (ONS)). ASHE is widely regarded as the most reliable source of information on Pay and Hours, however it does not include information on pay by qualification as well as some other characteristics (such as self-employment).

Unemployment Data

The level and rate of UK unemployment for this career path measured by the Labour Force Survey (LFS) as a percentage, using the International Labour Organisation's definition of unemployment.

Projected Employment Levels

Estimated Hours

Refuse and salvage occupations

Work Description

Refuse and salvage collectors supervise and undertake the collection and processing of refuse from household, commercial and industrial premises.

Qualification

No academic qualifications are required. Training is provided on-the-job. A minimum age limit of 18 years normally applies.

Job Tasks

rides in or on refuse vehicle and alights to pick up domestic refuse; carries waste material in dustbins or other containers from premises to refuse vehicle; empties refuse into vehicle manually or using an electronic tipping device; returns dustbins or other containers to premises; collects scrap metal, salvage, paper and other recyclable material from domestic and industrial premises, and sorts material in preparation for recycling; attends the operation of refuse tips, supervises the use of public refuse disposal facilities, and compacts and covers up refuse at landfill sites.

Related Jobs

Attendant, hopper Attendant, tip Binman Cleanser Collector, dust Collector, metal, scrap Collector, refuse Collector, salvage Collector, scrap Collector, waste Dustman Foreman, district Foreman, salvage Foreman Foreman Foreman Foreman Hand, salvage Inspector, cleansing Inspector Lifter, bin Loader, refuse Man, bin Officer, disposal, refuse Officer, estate Officer, estates Operative, disposal, refuse Operative, disposal, waste Operative, landfill Operative, recycling Operative, refuse Operator, disposal, refuse Operator, disposal, waste Operator, recycling Recycler, paper Recycler Remover, refuse Scavenger Superintendent, cleansing Superintendent, sanitary Tatter Tipman, refuse Trimmer, disposal, refuse Worker, recycling Worker, salvage 

Estimated Pay

Information on weekly pay (average, median and decile) is taken from a combination of two sources: the Annual Survey of Hours and Earnings (ASHE); and the Labour Force Survey (LFS) (both conducted by the Office for National Statistics (ONS)). ASHE is widely regarded as the most reliable source of information on Pay and Hours, however it does not include information on pay by qualification as well as some other characteristics (such as self-employment).

Unemployment Data

The level and rate of UK unemployment for this career path measured by the Labour Force Survey (LFS) as a percentage, using the International Labour Organisation's definition of unemployment.

Projected Employment Levels

Estimated Hours

Vehicle valeters and cleaners

Work Description

Vehicle valeters and cleaners clean, wash and polish the interiors and exteriors of ships, aircraft, trains and road vehicles.

Qualification

No academic qualifications are required. On-the-job training may be provided. NVQs/SVQs in relevant areas are available at Levels 1 and 2.

Job Tasks

vacuums, brushes and washes vehicle upholstery and interior surfaces; empties waste bins and removes rubbish; reports any damage or vandalism to the fabric of the vehicle interior; washes, cleans and polishes as appropriate the exterior surfaces of vehicles.

Related Jobs

Assistant, wash, car Cleaner, aircraft Cleaner, boat Cleaner, bus Cleaner, cab Cleaner, car Cleaner, carriage Cleaner, coach Cleaner, motor Cleaner, ship's Cleaner, vehicle Detailer, car Groomer, aircraft Man, service, carriage Operative, care, train Polisher, car, motor Technician, appearance, vehicle Valet Valeter, car Valeter, vehicle Valeter Washer, cab Washer, car Washer, lorry Washer, van 

Estimated Pay

Information on weekly pay (average, median and decile) is taken from a combination of two sources: the Annual Survey of Hours and Earnings (ASHE); and the Labour Force Survey (LFS) (both conducted by the Office for National Statistics (ONS)). ASHE is widely regarded as the most reliable source of information on Pay and Hours, however it does not include information on pay by qualification as well as some other characteristics (such as self-employment).

Unemployment Data

The level and rate of UK unemployment for this career path measured by the Labour Force Survey (LFS) as a percentage, using the International Labour Organisation's definition of unemployment.

Projected Employment Levels

Estimated Hours

Elementary cleaning occupations n.e.c.

Work Description

Workers in this unit group perform elementary cleansing service occupations not elsewhere classified in MINOR GROUP 923: Elementary Cleaning Occupations.

Qualification

No formal academic qualifications are required. Training may be provided on-the-job.

Job Tasks

selects appropriate brush head, pushes it through flue or chimney and collects soot and other dislodged deposits from flue or chimney with brush or vacuum equipment; cleans toilets, washrooms, rest rooms and other similar amenities; replenishes supplies of soap, toilet paper and towels; reports acts of vandalism and any defects in sanitary equipment; completes worksheets to note the date and time that amenities were last cleaned.

Related Jobs

Attendant, amenity Attendant, block, amenity Attendant, cleansing Attendant, lavatory Attendant, room, ladies' Attendant, room, wash Attendant, sanitary Attendant, toilet Attendant Attendant Cleaner, chimney Cleaner, drain Cleaner, flue Cleaner, hygiene Cleaner, toilet Man, service, carriage Orderly, sanitary Sweep, chimney Sweep Sweeper, chimney 

Estimated Pay

Information on weekly pay (average, median and decile) is taken from a combination of two sources: the Annual Survey of Hours and Earnings (ASHE); and the Labour Force Survey (LFS) (both conducted by the Office for National Statistics (ONS)). ASHE is widely regarded as the most reliable source of information on Pay and Hours, however it does not include information on pay by qualification as well as some other characteristics (such as self-employment).

Unemployment Data

The level and rate of UK unemployment for this career path measured by the Labour Force Survey (LFS) as a percentage, using the International Labour Organisation's definition of unemployment.

Projected Employment Levels

Estimated Hours

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