What’s The Going Rate For A Cleaner?

What's the going rate for a cleaner in the UK?

If you’re wondering what’s the going rate for a cleaner then the answer to that will depend on whether:

  • You’re an employer looking to employ a cleaner in your business or you’re looking for a job as a cleaner
  • Or you’re a cleaner looking to offer your services on a self-employed basis

If you are a jobseeker then the answer is one that you probably don’t want to hear. As a relatively unskilled job, working for an employer will most likely see you earn National Minimum Wage. If you’re lucky maybe you’ll earn a little more. This is obviously good news for employers.

However employers also have a lot mores costs on top of simply paying an employee which need to be taken into account. Things like:

  • HR & payroll costs
  • Holiday & sick pay (and the costs of covering those lost shifts)
  • Employer liability insurance
  • Pension contributions
  • National Insurance contributions
  • Staff training
  • Uniforms & equipment that they’ll need to do their jobs

All of the above, and more, are costs that an employer faces when they take on a cleaner. That’s why so many companies outsource their cleaning requirements… and that gives you an opportunity!

What’s the Going Rate for a Cleaner Running Their Own Business?

If you’re starting out on your own as a self-employed cleaner you won’t have a lot of the costs associated with a company that’s employing cleaners directly.

Sure you’ll have setup costs and the ongoing cost of supplies. However, a lot of these these are relatively inexpensive cleaning products. Even if you’re only charging £10 an hour, and you should definitely NOT be charging any lower, that’s still £1.79 an hour* more than you would earn on National Minimum Wage.

Remember though, it’s not only the supplies that you’ll need to think about when it comes to money. There’s transport costs, you won’t get sick pay if you find yourself unable work and there’s no holiday pay either. There’s also no one making additional contribution into your pension pot.

With all that in mind, we’d recommend charging somewhere between £12 to £15 and hour. Obviously location may also be a factor in determining how much to charge clients.

If your business grows to the point where you start employing cleaners yourself then you should be charging at least around £15 an hour, to cover all those additional costs mentioned earlier.

Remember if you’re thinking of starting your own local cleaning business then Polished Clean take away the need for you to think about things like branding your business and all the digital aspects like building websites, getting on Google, Bing and setting up Facebook pages.

You’ll also get complete flexibility over the fees that you charge and you’re free to set your own working hours too!

*Correct as of date of publication

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  1. Andrea 01/27/2020 at 11:50 pm

    $25 per hrs is the minimum that a cleaner should charge this job is considered as hard labor so do not charge les the $25 per hrs

    1. Admin 01/29/2020 at 7:00 pm

      I agree it’s physically hard labour Andrea! $25 is about £19 here in the UK (according to Google!) and I’m not sure how many customers you’d be able to attract at that price given the competitive nature of the market. £15 is what we recommend our franchisees to aim for, which is about $20 🙂

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