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Highways cleaners keep footpaths, green spaces and streets clean, and deal with litter, graffiti, and other items left by the public.

Salary, a pound sign Salary: £14,000 to £17,000 average per year
Hours, a clock face Hours: 37 to 40 per week

1. Entry requirements

There are no set requirements, but you'll need a driving licence if you operate road sweeping vehicles.

For bigger vehicles you may need a large goods vehicle (LGV) licence.

You could get into this job through an apprenticeship.

2. Skills required

You'll need:

  • reliability and good timekeeping
  • the ability to work on your own and as part of a team

3. What you'll do

You'll usually work as part of a team responsible for a particular area of a town or city.

Your day-to-day tasks may include:

  • using cleaning vehicles and machines, and hand tools such as brushes
  • clearing drains and gullies
  • using a pressure washer to clean paved areas
  • removing litter, graffiti and fly posters
  • using specialist machines to remove chewing gum from pavements
  • cleaning equipment at the end of each day

4. Salary

Starter: £14,000

Experienced: £17,000

These figures are a guide.

5. Working hours, patterns and environment

You'll usually work 37 to 40 hours a week, Monday to Friday, starting at around 7am or earlier. You may work overtime after public events such as football matches or concerts.

You must be prepared to work outside in all kinds of weather, and be able to do a lot of walking and lifting.

You'll be provided with protective clothing, such as waterproofs, overalls, gloves and high-visibility jackets.

6. Career path and progression

With qualifications and experience you could progress to become a supervisor or manager.

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Last updated: 11 September 2018