Light Duty Cleaners

(NOC 6731)

in All Sales and Service

Light duty cleaners clean lobbies, hallways, offices and rooms of hotels, motels, resorts, hospitals, schools, office buildings and private residences. They work for hotels, motels, resorts, recreational facilities, hospitals and other institutions, building management companies, cleaning service companies and private individuals.

Job Outlook

Good

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  • Estimate Stable employment change, 2019-2021
  • Estimate 570 openings due to growth and retirements, 2018-2020
  • Estimate High rate of unemployment in 2019

Compared to: All Sales and Service

  • Estimate -505 employment change, 2019-2021
  • Estimate 6125 openings due to growth and retirements, 2018-2020
  • Estimate rate of unemployment not available for these occupation.

Despite reduced foot traffic or even outright closures of some public buildings and workspaces, the heightened need for sanitization during the pandemic appears to have resulted in a net increase in demand for cleaners throughout the province. A shortage of cleaners has emerged as a surge of hiring used up the available labour supply. Demand for this occupation in hotels and offices has gone down due to reduced tourist occupancy and the increased number of people working from home, respectively. However, employment has been stable for those working in hospitals and other public buildings with a continued (or even increased) need for sanitization.

There are usually several vacancies for this occupation in Nova Scotia due to a high rate of turnover. Employers have occasionally noted difficulty in filling positions. The increasing popularity of sharing economy services such as Airbnb may represent an emerging opportunity for self-employed light duty cleaners. The eventual end of the pandemic will likely reduce the need for such frequent and widespread sanitization in public spaces. This may result in layoffs for light duty cleaners. However, hiring may take place as other public spaces reopen and accommodations become busier.

The median employment income for the 32% of Light Duty Cleaners who worked full-time, year-round in 2015 was $27,961. Across all occupations in Nova Scotia, the 59% of those who worked full-time, year-round had a median employment income of $43,600. (Source: 2016 Census)

Hourly Pay

$12.95

Minimum

$13.45

Median

$17.39

Maximum

Annual Pay

$2,876

Minimum

$15,619

Median

$34,253

Maximum

Compared to: All Sales and Service

Hourly Pay

$12.55

Minimum

$18.36

Median

$22.50

Maximum

Annual Pay

$2,949

Minimum

$16,629

Median

$45,086

Maximum

About the job

Nature of work

Light duty cleaners clean lobbies, hallways, offices and rooms of hotels, motels, resorts, hospitals, schools, office buildings and private residences. They work for hotels, motels, resorts, recreational facilities, hospitals and other institutions, building management companies, cleaning service companies and private individuals.

Job duties

Light duty cleaners:

  • Sweep, mop, wash, wax and polish floors.
  • Dust furniture and vacuum carpeting and area rugs, draperies and upholstered furniture.
  • Make beds, change sheets and supply clean towels and toiletries.
  • Complete guests' requests for extra supplies.
  • Stock linen closets and other supplies' areas.
  • Clean, disinfect and polish kitchen and bathroom fixtures and appliances.
  • Clean and disinfect public areas like changing rooms, showers and elevators.
  • Disinfect operating rooms and other hospital areas.
  • Pick up debris and empty trash containers.
  • Wash windows, walls and ceilings.
  • Report and store lost and found items.
  • May provide basic information on facilities.
  • May handle complaints.

Sample job titles

  • cleaner
  • hospital cleaner
  • hotel cleaner
  • house cleaner
  • housekeeping aide
  • housekeeping room attendant
  • light duty cleaner
  • office cleaner
  • sweeper

Skills

You should have good health, physical stamina, and manual dexterity. You must also be able to work on your own and carry out instructions given by a supervisor.

Job requirements

  • There are no specific education requirements for jobs in this group.
  • Certification for housekeeping room attendants or similar certification may be required by some employers.

Other considerations

Movement to supervisor cleaning positions is possible with additional training or experience. Workers are often expected to work evenings, weekends, and holidays.

By the numbers

Quick look

8,480

employed in 2016

53.2%

employed full-time

10.7%

self employed

71.6%
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28.4%
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47.3

median age

Compared to: All Sales and Service

102,605

employed in 2016

56.4%

employed full-time

5.8%

self employed

60.1%
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39.9%
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37

median age

Where will I likely work?

45.2%

Halifax

15.2%

Cape Breton

14.6%

North Shore

13.8%

Annapolis Valley

11.3%

Southern

Compared to: All NS Occupations

47.0%

Halifax

15.6%

North Shore

12.9%

Annapolis Valley

12.7%

Cape Breton

11.8%

Southern

Top Industries of Employment

43.3%

Administrative and support, waste management and remediation services

23.5%

Health care and social assistance

17.8%

Accommodation and food services

2.4%

Manufacturing

2.4%

Retail trade

What is the age of Employment?

24.0%

45-54

23.0%

55-64

18.0%

35-44

14.0%

15-24

14.0%

25-34

7.0%

65+

Compared to: All Sales and Service

30.0%

15-24

17.2%

45-54

17.2%

25-34

16.1%

55-64

13.8%

35-44

Top levels of education

40.4%

High school

$16,638 median annual income
31.3%

Less than high school

$15,234 median annual income
16.3%

College Diploma

$13,614 median annual income
6.7%

Trade Certification

$18,439 median annual income
3.2%

Bachelor

$16,415 median annual income

Compared to: All Sales and Service

39.8%

High school

$15,705 median annual income
19.7%

Less than high school

$9,866 median annual income
19.5%

College Diploma

$20,644 median annual income
9.9%

Bachelor

$21,262 median annual income
8.0%

Trade Certification

$21,234 median annual income

Education & training

Adult High School Diploma or Equivalent

High School Program

The Nova Scotia School for Adult Learning (NSSAL) administers, coordinates, and supports the development and delivery of adult education programs through learning partners in Nova Scotia. Our learning partners include the Nova Scotia Community College, Adult High Schools, Université Sainte-Anne, and community-based learning organizations that offer tuition-free programming across the province. NSSAL offers clear, accessible pathways from adult basic education to a high school credential or GED, empowering Nova Scotians to achieve their learning and employment goals.

Institutions providing this program

Universite Sainte-Anne

Pointe-de-l'Église, NS

Nova Scotia Community College - Adult Learning

Various, NS

Adult High Schools

Various, NS

Community Learning Organizations

Various, NS

Employment requirements & contacts

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Additional resources

There are no additional resources for this occupation.