Recent reports show that net profit in the cleaning sector is as low as 2.7%, a substantial decrease from the industry norm of 4%, two years ago the norm for facility management companies was 7%.
Increase in wage costs, the introduction of auto enrolment pension and the rising cost of materials have all contributed to the downward trend in profit along with fixed price tendering at the beginning of 3 to 5 year contracts.
At first, this might seem good value for money to the customer but the reality is of course margins are squeezed and standards are compromised.
When seeking a cleaning provider, take into consideration the full breakdown of what is included in your costs and understand that cheapest doesn’t always necessarily mean it is the best option available and that is why here at USS, we offer a fair, easy to understand, detailed pricing schedule to our customers and for contracts that exceed a period of 12 months we take into consideration future increases in wages, pension contributions and materials etc.
In addition to this, cleaning providers with lower margins are in a lesser position to offer wages in excess of minimum wage, staff benefits and incentives to their operatives meaning that they have a higher turnover of staff which impacts on the delivery of service to their customers.
If you want to know more about the services USS offer or would like a free, no obligation quotation, contact us on 020 8669 4377 or send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org
We might not be the cheapest but we do offer good value for money and a 5* service.