BCC reports on changes in U.K. cleaning industry

by Brianna Crandall — June 24, 2016 — The British Cleaning Council (BCC) recently published the results of a survey examining changes in the U.K. cleaning industry over a six-year period ending in 2014.

The study looks in detail at a number of key industry areas such as employment, wages, demographics, and company revenues (turnover).

The Council was asked to collect the U.K. data by the European Federation of Cleaning Industries (EFCI), and the figures will be added to EFCI stats over the next few months to provide a Europe-wide picture.

BCC notes that the Asset Skills Sector Council gathered statistics such as these with U.K. Government funding up until its dissolution in 2012.

The full 16-page report contains many statistical tables and detailed information across facilities services, cleaning and landscape services, and makes a comparison with economic performance in the U.K. as a whole.

For instance, the total U.K. turnover (revenues) in 2014 was £3.6 trillion, and the “Services to Buildings and Landscape Activities” sector turnover was £23 billion, or 0.64% of the U.K. total. Further breakdown by industry reveals that 49% of the sector’s turnover was from the “Combined Facilities Support Activities” industry, while “Cleaning Activities” makes up just over a third of the sector turnover.

The report also highlights that the U.K. cleaning industry relies on migrant labor more heavily than other economic sectors, with 24% of workers having a non-U.K. nationality, compared to the average of 18% across other industries.

In addition, the report provides detailed information about the market leaders, listing Interserve, OCS Group and MITIE as the three biggest players in the U.K.

The full survey will be made available free of charge to all BCC members. Other interested parties can purchase the survey from the BCC Secretariat for £100.