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Cleaning services are proving popular among Brits

Posted on: Thursday, March 3rd, 2016

A growing number of people in the UK are enlisting cleaning services, according to new findings.

Research unveiled by MoppedUp – an iPhone app that connects homeowners with cleaners said that property maintenance services are among the most in-demand in the UK.

It found that number of people in the UK that employ a cleaner has more than doubled in the last five years.

Indeed, 28 per cent of those polled said they had used one in the past 12 months. This represented an increase from just 12 per cent in 2011.

The report stated: “This rise goes some way to showing how, despite the squeeze on disposable income during the recession, having a cleaner is no longer regarded a luxury, as millions more see it as a way to free up their spare time for the things they really love.”

There was also an indication that some of the old misconceptions about cleaning services are gradually beginning to fall away.

For example, just five per cent of respondents said that only rich people can afford cleaners, and an even smaller number (three per cent) said cleaners are just for lazy people.

In contrast, many people said that employing a cleaner was not only a practical step for them to take, but it also contributed greatly to their emotional wellbeing.

The study showed that more than ten per cent said that a cleaner would make them happier. 

A further 12 per cent said it would reduce their stress levels and of the people who don't currently have a cleaner. 

In addition, 43 per cent said they would consider having one in future. By far the most popular reason for employing a cleaner is to free up some spare time for busy clients.

However, communication issues were still problematic for many Brits. 

For example, more than ten per cent said they felt too embarrassed to tell their cleaner when they weren't happy, and more than 11 per cent felt they actually had to stop what they're doing and leave the house when the cleaner is around.

Cleaner’s pay

The amount of money that cleaners get paid is a long way behind that of workers in other fields, having taken longer to recover from the 2008 recession, new findings.

According to GMB union's Annual Survey of Hours and Earnings 2007-2015, average earnings for all employees were £30,015. Although they had increased by 12.2 per cent to £33,689 by 2015, with inflation running at 25.6 per cent over this period, it meant that the cost of living had outpaced any pay rises.

Those working in the caring, leisure and other service industries were the most affected by the pay slump.

Cleaner’s show

The Manchester Cleaning Show 2016 is expected to be a big hit among individuals and organisations in the UK, it has been reported.

Between April 6th and 7th, the new regional cleaning show is set to be held at Manchester’s Event City.

This year’s show is a spin-off from the London Cleaning Show, which is held biannually at the ExCeL Arena.

The British Cleaning Council is responsible for organising the show.

Simon Hollingbery, chair of BCC, said: “We realise that traveling to London’s Docklands can be a long journey for people from the North and Scotland, so we wanted to hold a show that was on their doorstep. We’re delighted to have some major brands on-board, and the visitor numbers look really encouraging. Event City is a fantastic venue, and very easy to get to, so I’m looking forward to this show, and hope it can become a regular fixture to complement the main London show.”