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Window cleaner

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Window cleaners work on domestic and commercial premises, cleaning windows, doors and other glass surfaces.

Average salary (a year)

£16,000 Starter


£23,000 Experienced

Typical hours (a week)

38 to 40 variable

You could work

as a contractor / self-employed managing your own hours

How to become

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How to become Window cleaner

You can get into this job through:

  • applying directly
  • specialist training with a professional body

Direct Application

You could apply directly to become a window cleaner with a company, buy an existing round or set up your own business. You don't need any formal qualifications to do this.

Other Routes

You could work as a window cleaner on tall buildings like office blocks, if you've completed training in rope access work or operating a mobile platform.

More Information

Career tips

Employers will be interested in your practical skills, ability to work at height, and your awareness of health and safety regulations and good practice.

Professional and industry bodies

You can join the Federation of Window Cleaners for professional development training and to make industry contacts.

What it takes

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What it takes

Skills and knowledge

You'll need:

  • the ability to use your initiative
  • to be thorough and pay attention to detail
  • the ability to work well with your hands
  • ambition and a desire to succeed
  • physical skills like movement, coordination, dexterity and grace
  • customer service skills
  • knowledge of public safety and security
  • business management skills
  • to be able to carry out basic tasks on a computer or hand-held device

Restrictions and Requirements

You'll need to:

  • be able to cope with working at height
  • have a good level of fitness

You may need a driving licence and your own vehicle, especially if you're self-employed.

What you’ll do

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What you'll do

Day-to-day tasks

You could:

  • mix cleaning chemicals and detergents
  • climb ladders
  • use water-fed poles
  • clean windows on high buildings using cradles or ropes
  • talk to customers
  • keep a record of payment or complete customer reports
  • safely store and transport equipment
  • find and bid for new business
  • do business admin tasks if you're self-employed

Working environment

Your working environment may be at height and outdoors in all weathers.

You may need to wear protective clothing.

Career path and progression

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Career path and progression

You could work for contract cleaners or specialist window cleaning firms. With experience, you may be able to progress to become a supervisor or manager.

You may start your own business, working alone or employing staff.

Current opportunities

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Current opportunities

Apprenticeships In England

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Courses In England

Certificate in Cleaning and Support Services Skills

  • Start date: 01 June 2025
  • Location: PLYMOUTH

Certificate in Cleaning and Support Services Skills

  • Start date: 01 March 2025
  • Location: PLYMOUTH

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