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Window cleaner

Window cleaners work on domestic and commercial premises, cleaning windows, doors and other glass surfaces.

Annual Salary

£16,000 to £23,000

Average UK salary in 2019 was £30,378
(source Office for National Statistics)

Working hours

38 to 40 variable

You could work: as a contractor / self-employed; managing your own hours

Day to day tasks

You could:

  • mix cleaning chemicals and detergents
  • climb ladders
  • use water-fed poles
  • clean windows on high buildings using cradles or ropes
  • talk to customers
  • keep a record of payment or complete customer reports
  • safely store and transport equipment
  • find and bid for new business
  • do business admin tasks if you're self-employed

Working environment

You may need to wear protective clothing.

Your working environment may be at height and outdoors in all weathers.

You can get into this job through:

  • applying directly
  • specialist training with a professional body
Direct application

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.

Other routes

You could work as a window cleaner on tall buildings like office blocks, if you've completed training in rope access work or operating a mobile platform.

Requirements and restrictions

You'll need to:

  • You may need a driving licence and your own vehicle, especially if you're self-employed.
  • be able to cope with working at height
  • have a good level of fitness

More information

Career tips

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.

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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.

Skills required and how your skills match up

What skills are required?

You'll need:

  • the ability to use your initiative
  • to be thorough and pay attention to detail
  • the ability to work well with your hands
  • ambition and a desire to succeed
  • physical skills like movement, coordination and dexterity
  • customer service skills
  • knowledge of public safety and security
  • business management skills
  • thinking and reasoning skills
  • to be able to carry out basic tasks on a computer or hand-held device
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