JOBS & CAREERS SPRING 2018 - 277
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Facilities management and
maintenance staff are the invisible
heroes of any successful company.
While the workforce focuses on
growing the company's business,
an army of support services -
form recycling and security to
pest control and cleaning - keep
the premises in good condition
and running efficiently.
Now is a great time to join the
facilities management sector,
as environmental concerns and
mean the industry is growing
and developing quickly - a
trend that is set to continue
for the forseeable future.
Whether you prefer a handson job or a management
role, here are some of
the careers you may
want to consider.
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Offices, shops, schools, hospitals
and wedding venues - they all
need to be kept clean and hygienic,
and that job is often outsourced
to contract cleaning companies.
Once you've mastered the basics of
cleaning efficiently and thoroughly,
you may choose to specialise in
particular items such as carpets,
upholstery or windows. Specialist
services focus on the clean-up
after floods, fires or crime scenes.
Hours can be unsociable.
With experience, you can move
into supervisory or management
roles, or set up your own business.
What skills and qualifications
do I need? No qualifications are
required, but you need to be
reliable, hard-working and able
to follow safety instructions (for
example, with cleaning chemicals).
How much can I earn? Salaries
start at £14,000 (or the part-time
equivalent), rising to £19,000
with experience and £29,000
for management roles.