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FACILITIES

schools and hospitals, or maintaining
standards anywhere from industrial
sites to wedding venues. You could
also deal with the skilled clean-up
after floods, fires and crime scenes,
or you may specialise in areas such
as carpets, upholstery or windows.
What skills 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 can I progress? You can move
into supervisory or management
roles, or set up your own business.
How much can I earn?
Salaries start at £14,000 (or
part-time equivalent), rising to
£19,000 with experience and
£29,000 for management roles.
The hours can be unsociable.

Pest control
management roles, go into training
or set up your own company.
How much can I earn? Salaries
start at £13,000, rising to £26,000 for
supervisors. Shift work is common.

Words: Catherine Francis. Photography: Shutterstock

Waste management
Sustainability, energy saving
and responsible waste disposal
are increasingly important for
businesses. Meanwhile, companies
still need their waste disposed of
efficiently, to ensure the smooth
running of the workplace. Jobs range
from refuse collectors to recycling
officers to waste plant managers.
What skills do I need? Entry-level
jobs are often physically demanding
and you must be able to work
efficiently in all weathers, often at
unsociable hours. For driving a waste
collection vehicle, you'll need an
LGV (large goods vehicle) licence.
How can I progress? Senior wastemanagement officers are responsible
for running teams, introducing
recycling initiatives and managing
contracts. This may require a degree
or postgraduate qualification.
How much can I earn? Salaries
start at £13,000 for refuse or
recycling collection, and can rise to

around £25,000 for managers, and
£45,000 for senior managers.

Grounds maintenance
Outdoor areas such as hotel gardens,
school grounds, parks and pitches
need to be maintained. The work
varies seasonally and you'll be out in
all weathers, maintaining turf, plants,
trees and pathways. Companies often
outsource to specialist companies.
What skills do I need? Experience
or qualifications in horticulture or turf
maintenance are an advantage, but not
essential. Apprenticeships are also an
option. The job requires a proactive
approach, anticipating issues and
following plans. Health and safety is
important, as you may be operating
and maintaining heavy machinery.
How can I progress? You can
become team leader or manager. With
training you can move into landscape
design or horticulture management.
How much can I earn?
Salaries start at £17,000, rising
to £27,000 with experience and
£48,000 for senior managers.

Cleaning
Entry-level cleaning jobs include
contract services in offices, shops,

Problems with pests such as mice,
rats, cockroaches or wasps need to be
eliminated quickly and discreetly. A
pest control technician will investigate
and collect samples, plan and execute
a method of control, and advise on
how to avoid future problems.
What skills do I need? There are
no formal entry requirements, but
you'll need good customer service
skills, knowledge of health and safety,
confidence in calculating doses of
chemicals and setting traps, and
the ability to keep records. You'll
usually need a driving licence - and
sometimes a strong stomach!
How can I progress? You can
move into supervisor or management
roles, specialise in a particular pest
or set up your own business.
How much can I earn? Salaries
start from £17,000, rising to £30,000
for an experienced manager.

FIND OUT MORE
B
 ritish Institute of Facilities
Management bifm.org.uk
C
 hartered Institution of Wastes
Management ciwm.co.uk
National Careers Service
nationalcareersservice.direct.gov.uk
Skills for Security
skillsforsecurity.org.uk

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