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Finding work as a cleaner in London England
Finding cleaning jobs in London is not as difficult as it may seem. Cleaning work requires a lot of physical effort and applying for this type of work requires a disciplined, energetic, punctual and healthy individual.
Many jobs are part-time positions, where you will only work for a couple of hours a day. You may also be required to work unsociable hours, such as very early in the morning, late at night or even overnight.
The beginning of your career as a cleaner
When you start your career as a cleaner in London, you may feel daunted because initially you may get jobs that are distant from home, require only a few hours a day and a lot of physical effort. Do not be discouraged.
Due to people’s fear of cleaning work, only the bravest tend to apply, but once you start your job as a cleaner it’s very easy to climb to higher levels where physical effort diminishes and your work becomes easier.
There are jobs where you are not required to work very hard, and by being punctual and having a good attitude will suffice. These jobs are mainly in exclusive stores, large malls or shopping centres.
When you have a minimum of six months cleaning experience, you can aspire to be a cleaning supervisor and later, become a manager.
How much can you earn as a cleaner in London
When this article was written in 2020, people working as cleaners in London, England were earning £8.72 per hour, as this is the minimum wage for those over 25. £8.20 is earned by people aged 21 to 24. Supervisors earn as much as £2 extra per hour and area managers are paid even better.
It should be noted that some cleaning companies pay their cleaners additional money called the London Living Wage which is a perk provided to people earning the minimum wage and living in a city as expensive as London England.
You should request this from your employer as not all bosses do this. Remember that the more experience you have in cleaning, the better the salary you can expect. That depends on your years of experience, how well connected you are, and where you work.
What cleaning work is the most difficult?
Perhaps the most difficult cleaning jobs in London England are in hotels or cleaning large kitchens in restaurants. In these cases you can try to negotiate your salary with your employer.
What people usually work in the cleaning industry in London?
Because of the UK's anti-discrimination laws, cleaning jobs must be available to anyone regardless of ethnicity, gender, age, etc. However, these jobs attract people of Portuguese, Brazilian and Latin American origin.
In certain cases although some of these individuals have a different profession in their country, they are compelled to work as cleaners in London due to the language barrier.
These people are punctual and disciplined with a professional attitude and high standards of cleanliness. It is unnecessary to supervise these people at all times, as they can be trusted.
Cleaners like these are highly recommended although hardworking people from all over the world can also be found. The important thing is they can be trusted and such cleaners are of great benefit to the cleaning company and its clients.
What do I need to become a cleaner
- Good health and reasonable energy levels.
- Previous experience, good attitude , common sense and willingness to learn.
- Be able to work frequently under pressure, both independently and as part of a team, and to fit into a multicultural working environment.
- Willingness to work unsociable hours, mainly early in the morning or late evenings. It helps if you live close to work.
- Have a National insurance number and a Bank account, you can open one with your utility bills or if you don’t have them, get a provisional driving license and that should suffice.
The following can improve your chances of getting a cleaning job
- Being able to speak English.
- Having a driving license.
- Having First aid training.
- Having any cleaning certifications.
- DBS police check for places that require high security.
- CSCS card if you are going to work in a construction or building site.
Where to find jobs as a cleaner in London
Cleaning jobs in London England are usually found through websites such as Gumtree or indeed. Once you’ve found the job you want, contact the Cleaning services advertising and send them your details or CV.