Report on the state of the Cleaning Industry worldwide

In Cleaning News by alan0 Comments

Back in September 2009 members of the World Federation of Building Service Contractors gathered in Vienna to participate in the annual conference to discuss the state of the cleaning industry worldwide.

Participants included industry representatives from Argentina, Australia, Belgium, Brazil, France, Germany, Japan, New Zealand, South Korea, Taiwan, UK and the USA. The purpose of this report is to discuss the key themes and issues reported from the conference and to suggest how they will impact cleaning businesses in the future.

It is estimated that the cleaning industry generates total revenue of 35 billion Pounds worldwide based on the data provided by the WFBSC members. Off course this is an under estimate of the true size of the cleaning industry. If we were to include non-members of the WFBSC and countries like Chine and Indian numbers would be much higher.

According to data provided by WFBSC member countries the cleaning industry employs 4.5 million people worldwide. It is estimated the in the UK the cleaning industry employs 452,000 people but then again numbers could be higher since the relationship with between the UK and the WFBSC inconstant. Countries like Japan and Brazil the number of jobs generated by the industry surpass the 1 million mark.

This is only the first part of a series of articles about the state of the cleaning industry worldwide and it is important to note that the data used to compile this report was based on numbers provided by members of WFBSC from the year of 2010.

Next week we take a look at the macroeconomic context influencing the cleaning industry and current market conditions.


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Office Cleaners Should be Paid More, says research

In Cleaning News, Office Cleaning by admin0 Comments

A recent research conducted by the Institute for Public Policy Research revealed that two-thirds of the British working population would support government action to increase the wages of low-paid workers, including office cleaners. The report also concluded that the gap in pay between top and bottom levels of a organisation is constantly growing and government, business and trade unions should sit down to discuss ways to make pay fairer for low-paid workers. It also revealed that there is strong public opposition to this growing pay gap. The research interviewed 2,337 members of the public and the great majority, 82% agreed that it is down to the Government to redress growing pay inequalities in both the public and private sectors. Using the example of office cleaners who earn on average £14,000 - should get a 19% pay rise, suggested the research. When questioned about the findings of this research Chairman of the British Cleaning Council Mark Woodhead said: "These results chime with our own efforts to raise the status of cleaners, and show that in the public's mind, cleaners are not being paid fairly, people clearly want to see cleaners who work hard and do a decent job receive more recognition and better rewards. "Fair pay and the value we place on cleaning is one of the major challenges we face as an industry, and it will be a key component of the debate on corporate social responsibility that will take place at our October conference." The British cleaning industry is a multi-million pound industry that needs to be closely monitored by the government and trade unions like the British Cleaning Council so injustices are not committed to its workers and so the money doesn't stay at the top of the pyramid. In October the British Cleaning Council will hold a session on fair pay and living wage at the annual British Cleaning Conference in London. About the British Cleaning Council The British Cleaning Council is the voice of the UK cleaning industry. It was established in 1982 to coordinate the affairs of the industry and to be responsible at home and abroad on industry matters. Tickets for the British Cleaning Council can be purchased at the following web address: For competitively priced London office cleaning services please contact Total Clean for a no obligation quote.