1. Entry requirements
We require a minimum of two years experience. During the initial meeting we would like you to show that you're reliable and able to do the job.
Previous experience in associated industries (caring etc) will help, particularly if you lack a great deal of direct cleaning experience.
The British Institute of Cleaning Science (BICSc) has more information on standards and training.
You will need to get clearance from the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS).
You will also need to prove that you are eligible to live and work in the UK.
A UK driving licence and access to a car is essential to this job as there may be small distances between customers.
2. Skills required - Check out our Qualities of a Great Cleaner page here
the ability to follow job and safety instructions
maths skills for measuring out cleaning fluids
customer service skills if working in areas used by the public
the ability to work alone without supervision
3. What you'll do
You could clean in many different buildings like houses, rental properties, colleges, offices, restaurants or pubs.
If you have specialised in certain areas like those below please mention this at your meeting:
hospital wards and operating theatres
carpets and upholstery
house and squat clearance
cleaning at heights, using ladders or mobile access equipment
clearing up at crime scenes, or after fires or floods
You'd need to know which cleaning chemicals to use for each task. You'll follow safety procedures as set out by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) on the control of substances hazardous to health (COSHH).
For regular cleans the products and equipment will be provided. One time cleans will require products and equipment that will be provided by Happy Homes Cleaning COmpany upon request. You may have to carry out some simple maintenance of equipment and check the stock levels of cleaning materials.
Part-time cleaners are usually paid by the hour. All rates are above the national minimum wage and one off cleans are paid at a premium.
5. Working hours, patterns and environment
You may have to work when buildings are closed for normal activities. This could be in the evenings, early morning or at weekends. Key holder responsibilities are a common request.
Cleaning hours usually work 8 to 40 hours a week. These hours are set purely to your choosing and all work is carried out on a casual basis.
In a private home, you may work during the day and be expected to do other tasks like ironing.
Depending on the job, you might clean the same area every day, or go to different sites. You may work in teams of cleaners for larger cleaning projects.
You will need a full driving licence and use of a vehicle to travel between sites.