Window cleaners work on domestic and commercial premises, cleaning windows, doors and other glass surfaces.
Salary range: £16,000 to £23,000
How to become a window cleaner
You can get into this job through:
- an apprenticeship
- applying directly
- specialist training with a professional body
You could start by doing an intermediate apprenticeship in cleaning and support services.
You’ll usually need:
- some GCSEs, usually including English and maths, or equivalent, for an intermediate apprenticeship
You could apply directly to become a window cleaner with a company, buy an existing round or set up your own business. You don’t need any formal qualifications to do this.
Employers will be interested in your practical skills, ability to work at height, and your awareness of health and safety regulations and good practice.
Professional and industry bodies
You can join the Federation of Window Cleaners for professional development training and to make industry contacts.
What it takes
Skills and knowledge
- the ability to use your initiative
- to be thorough and pay attention to detail
- patience and the ability to remain calm in stressful situations
- sensitivity and understanding
- the ability to accept criticism and work well under pressure
- ambition and a desire to succeed
- excellent verbal communication skills
- customer service skills
- to be able to carry out basic tasks on a computer or hand-held device
Restrictions and requirements
You’ll need to:
- be able to cope with working at height
- have a good level of fitness
You may need a driving licence and your own vehicle, especially if you’re self-employed.
What you’ll do
Your day-to-day tasks may include:
- mixing cleaning chemicals and detergents
- using ladder
- using water-fed poles
- cleaning windows on high buildings using cradles or ropes
- keeping a record of payment or completing customer reports
- safely storing and transporting equipment
Your working environment may be at height and outdoors in all weathers.
Career path and progression
You could work for contract cleaners or specialist window cleaning firms. With experience, you may be able to progress to become a supervisor or manager.
You may start your own business, working alone or employing staff.