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BCC publishes new Industry Trends Report

The cleaning industry contributes over £24 billion to the UK economy according to the latest figures released by the British Cleaning Council (BCC).

The BCC Industry Trends Report complied by market research company, Firedog Research on behalf of the BCC, shows that in addition to being a huge net contributor to the UK economy, the cleaning industry is also one of its biggest employers, with over 700,000 people.

Looking at the very latest figures from 2015, the report highlights that wage growth in the sector is higher than the national average, with a growth of 6.4 per cent compared to a national average of 2.3 per cent.

Turnover has also increased by 21 per cent since the recession of 2010, greater than all economy growth in which turnover increased by just 17 per cent.

The report reveals encouraging news for small business start-ups in the cleaning industry, with the number of new businesses increasing by 12 per cent from 4,380 to 4,910 between 2014 and 2015. The average rate of growth in all other sectors for new business start-ups was just nine per cent.

During the same period the number of businesses that ceased trading rose from 3,600 to 3,725 between 2014 and 2015: an increase of three per cent but this was much lower than UK average of 9.4 per cent.

Growth in the industry is expected to continue. It is expected that there will be employment growth across higher level occupations. The industry is expected to have 467,000 job openings between 2014 and 2024: 84,000 industry growth and 383,000 replacement demand.

The survey also shows that the number of foreign born people working in the industry is larger than the national average at 23 per cent compared to a UK average of 17 per cent.

Workers across the cleaning industry are more likely to hold lower levels of qualifications than other sectors. A third of the workforce do not hold a level 2 compared to just 13 per cent across the economy.

However, the latest Working Future Projections shows that there will be a shift towards more people holding higher qualifications. By 2024, 50 per cent of people employed in the industry are expected to be qualified at level 4 and above, whilst the proportion of people with no formal qualifications is expected to fall to four per cent.

British Cleaning Council Chairman, Simon Hollingbery, said:

“The BCC is very proud that it is able to carry out this important research on behalf of the industry. It gives us a good benchmark of where we are, and it will help businesses plan for the future. There’s very encouraging signs in the turnover and growth figures, and we need to keep working hard to make sure people in the industry get those higher qualifications.”

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