Make 2022 the year that you see the true value of your cleaning operatives as despite government recognition of the sector over the past 18 months and personnel within the sector being skilled in their own right, the industry is still perceived as being low skilled!
Two years ago the British Cleaning Council raised concerns about the immigration system post Brexit to no avail. UK nationals have historically been harder to recruit within the industry and many workers have come from overseas which has ultimately now led to a recruitment crisis.
In addition to this despite lobbying and campaigns, the proposed Cleaning and Hygiene Operative Apprenticeship has still not been approved meaning there is no apprenticeship scheme for the sector.
COVID has also led to chronic staff shortages but an increase in demand for cleaning services.
Without cleaners, buildings will not be cleaned hygienically. Poor hygiene will turn customers away and bacterial contamination can cause serious illness.
Recent research shows that one of the ‘trends’ for this year is an increased visibility and frequency of cleaning clearly showing that cleaning is vital work so it’s imperative that a reputable cleaning company is appointed to ensure business premises are cleaned regularly to the highest possible standard and that cleaners are not ignored.
USS is proud that despite all the challenges of the last 2 years, we have continued to invest in our people ensuring that pay has been above and beyond minimum wage, training has continued and the health and wellbeing of our operatives is always of upmost importance no matter what demands we face as an organisation.
Look around you and if you see your cleaners hard at work show your appreciation and if you’re a manager, employer or business owner looking for a commercial cleaning provider USS is here to help.