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Car valets clean the inside and outside of motor vehicles.

Salary, a pound sign Salary: £14,000 to £16,500 average per year
Hours, a clock face Hours: Variable per week

1. Entry requirements

There are no set requirements, but it may be useful if you have some work experience in a related area like:

  • the motor trade
  • industrial or office cleaning
  • dry cleaning

You'll often need a full driving licence.

You could get into this job through an apprenticeship.

2. Skills required

You'll need:

  • a methodical approach
  • a strong attention to detail
  • excellent customer service skills

3. What you'll do

Your day-to-day tasks may include:

  • using high-pressure hoses to clean vehicles
  • cleaning windows, wheels, door handles and mirrors
  • vacuuming and shampooing upholstery and carpets
  • waxing and polishing surfaces
  • applying gels and other finishes to bumpers and trims
  • steaming clean engines, frames and wheel arches
  • collecting and delivering vehicles

Some valets specialise in cleaning certain types of vehicle, like classic cars. You could be based in one place or you might work from a mobile unit.

4. Salary

Starter: £14,000

Experienced: £16,500

Some car valets will be paid an hourly rate.

Overtime and shift payments can increase your earnings.

These figures are a guide.

5. Working hours, patterns and environment

You'll usually work through the week and at weekends. Part-time work and overtime may be available.

You'll often be working outdoors at garages, workshops or on customers' premises. With a mobile valeting service, you'll travel from job to job.

Some employers will provide you with a uniform. You may also need to wear protective clothing such as goggles if you are using strong cleaning chemicals.

6. Career path and progression

You could go on to start your own business.

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Last updated: 11 September 2018