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Cleaners and helpers

Cleaners and helpers perform various tasks in private households, hotels, offices, hospitals and other establishments, as well as in aircraft, trains, coaches, trams and similar vehicles, in order to keep the interiors and fixtures clean, and launder and press garments and textiles by hand. For people to competently undertake the tasks required in this occupation, they usually need to have completed primary education or the first stage of basic education. A short period of on-the-job training may be required for some jobs. The tasks undertaken by cleaners and helpers includes: sweeping or vacuum cleaning; washing and polishing floors, furniture and other objects; taking care of linen and bedmaking; helping with preparation of meals and cleaning in kitchens; washing and cleaning cars and windows; pressing or laundering garments and textiles by hand. Examples of the types of job undertaken include: domestic cleaners, window cleaners, car cleaners, etc.

Read more about this occupation in our Analytical highlight.

 

Future employment growth (in %) of cleaners and helpers across countries in 2015-2025

Source:Cedefop
Indicator:Future employment growth

Projected changes in employment to 2025 (this indicator contains overall percentage change).

Key facts

SIZE OF EMPLOYMENT

Source:Eurostat
Indicator:Employed population by sector

It shows the total number of employed population, of any age, broken down by sector.

In 2015, cleaners and helpers accounted for 3.73% in the total employment in EU.

The total employment in this occupation reached 8,235,032.

RECENT HISTORY

Source:Eurostat
Indicator:Employed population by sector

It shows the total number of employed population, of any age, broken down by sector.

During the period 2011-2015, the number of people employed as cleaners and helpers in EU changed by 4.23%.

TOP PERFORMERS

Source:Cedefop
Indicator:Employed population by sector and occupation

It shows the total number of employed population, of any age, broken down by sector and occupation.

In 2015, cleaners and helpers were mostly employed in the following sectors in the EU:

  • Administrative services (2,360,081)
  • Arts & recreation (1,776,533)
  • Health & social care (1,456,891) 
  • Education (662,267)
  • Accommodation & food (540,512)

TOP PERFORMERS

Source:Eurostat
Indicator:Employed population by sector

It shows the total number of employed population, of any age, broken down by sector.

Countries with highest employment share of cleaners and helpers in 2015:

  • Cyprus (8.60%)
  • Spain (6.30%)
  • France (6.19%)
  • Belgium (5.81%)
  • Luxembourg (5.20%)

LOOKING INTO THE FUTURE

Source:Cedefop
Indicator:Future employment growth

Projected changes in employment to 2025 (this indicator contains overall percentage change).

In the period 2015-2025, employment for cleaners and helpers in EU is projected to change by 8.98%

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Employment of cleaners and helpers in EU in 2015 across sectors

Source:Cedefop
Indicator:Employed population by sector and occupation

It shows the total number of employed population, of any age, broken down by sector and occupation.

Employment share (%) of cleaners and helpers across countries

Source:Eurostat
Indicator:Employed population

Shows the total number of employed people of any age.

 

Employment of cleaners and helpers in EU in 2015 by education level

Source:Eurostat
Indicator:Employed population

Shows the total number of employed people of any age.

 

Employment of cleaners and helpers in EU in 2015 by age

Source:Eurostat
Indicator:Employed population

Shows the total number of employed people of any age.

 

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