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Caretaker Janitor

Caretakers look after buildings like schools, community centres and flats, keeping them secure, clean and well-maintained.

Salary, a pound sign Salary: £15,000 to £22,000 average per year
Hours, a clock face Hours: 35 to 37 per week

1. Entry requirements

Some employers may prefer you to have GCSEs in English and maths. You may also need basic computer skills or a driving licence for some jobs.

It would help if you have relevant experience, like working in building maintenance, cleaning, gardening or security. A plumbing or electrical qualification may also be useful but not essential.

You'll need Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) clearance to work in schools.

2. Skills required

You'll need:

  • practical DIY skills to carry out minor repairs
  • the ability to manage your own workload
  • good problem solving skills
  • the ability to supervise cleaning staff and manage contractors
  • awareness of health, safety, security and hygiene issues
  • a willingness to work flexibly

3. What you'll do

Your day-to-day tasks may include:

  • supervising cleaning staff
  • carrying out day-to-day maintenance and minor repairs
  • booking outside contractors for major repair work
  • making sure that heating, lighting and alarm systems are working properly
  • making sure that doors and windows are locked when the building is not in use
  • checking the premises to guard against vandalism or break-ins
  • opening up the building in the morning and locking it at the end of the day
  • arranging chairs and tables for meetings and clearing away afterwards
  • ordering fuel, cleaning materials, new equipment and furniture
  • taking bookings if rooms in the building are available for hire

You may also have minibus driving duties.

4. Salary

Starter: £15,000 to £17,000

Experienced: £18,000 to £20,000

Highly Experienced: £22,000 or more

Subsidised or free on-site accommodation is sometimes offered.

These figures are a guide.

5. Working hours, patterns and environment

You'll usually work up to 37 hours a week, which could include early mornings, evenings and weekends. You may work fewer hours but have split shifts, covering early mornings and evenings with time off during the day.

As a mobile caretaker, you'll work from a specially equipped van.

Some of your work could be physically demanding. You may also need to work at height, using ladders.

6. Career path and progression

With experience, you could become a supervisor or move into cleaning management. You could also work in related areas or roles, for example commercial property maintenance or as an accommodation warden with a housing association.

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Last updated: 14 September 2017