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Late last night, an industry contact sent me a link to a Daily Mail article headlined: ‘Queen offers Buckingham Palace cleaning jobs at just £8.17 an hour - £2.03 below the London Living Wage’.
The article says the Queen’s cleaning staff are being offered only £8.17 an hour - £2.03 less than the £10.20 London living wage rate, and that successful candidates will also have Palace rent deducted from their pay packets. It points out, that although payment of the rate is voluntary, the Crown Estate, which operates land owned by the Queen across the UK, is one of 1,000 or so employers who’ve signed up to pay it.
According to the article, the Palace housekeeping role is a full-time one and pays £16,995 annually, which works out at £326 a week for a 40-hour week and means that the cleaners – working at either Buckingham Palace or Windsor Castle (or both – it’s not clear from the article), will be paid an hourly rate lower than the £9.27 an hour being advertised at three Lidl supermarkets in Greater London. And with the rent coming out of the cleaners’ pay packets, the amount earned per hour will be even less.
The article then quotes a Palace spokesperson as saying: “This is an entry level position which offers full training. It includes accommodation in Central London and meals. Additionally, the Royal Household contributes 15% of the employee’s salary into a pension scheme.
I always like to have a look at the source of any newspaper articles so quickly Googled ‘Royal Household vacancies’, but was unable to find any housekeeping roles on the listings, so am assuming that any jobs have already been snapped up.
I have to say that if this is the case, I’m not at all surprised. Lower than London Living Wage or not, getting to live and eat in what must surely be the UK’s most prestigious address, is not something to be sniffed at. There are no travel costs to worry about or the frustration of cramming onto a crowded train or sitting in traffic jams. Further, the pension contribution is really generous while full training is provided. And just imagine how it must feel to have something like that on your CV!
Royal Household or Lidl? For me it would be ‘no contest’.
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This Week's News
Last week's Manchester Cleaning Show has exceeded its 2016 debut, with 27% more exhibitors, 40% more floor-space and higher visitor numbers, reports the British Cleaning Council, which co-produces the event with Quartz Business Media. Held again at Event City in Trafford, the 2018 show attracted over 2,400 visitors - nearly 5% up on the first North West show in 2016.
Diversey and Zenith Hygiene Group have announced the completion of the transaction by Bain Capital Private Equity which will combine the two companies, creating the UK and Ireland's largest manufacturer and supplier of cleaning and hygiene products.
The combined group will create a £170m market leader with approximately 1,000 employees nationally, poised for growth across the UK & Ireland.
Visitors of a certain age to the recent Manchester Cleaning Show could be forgiven for doubling up with laughter as they passed the Greyland stand.
New digital technology that is increasingly used by food businesses to manage hygiene practices could soon also be used to help environmental health officers monitor food businesses in real time, enabling them to detect food safety problems sooner and improve protection for the public.
With the launch of Hero Wipes EMS, first responders now have a wipe that effectively cleans and kills 99.9% of germs to reduce the risk of infection that bloodborne pathogens present. And, of course, if they are good for first responders, they are good for anyone who risks coming into contact with someone else's blood - such as cleaners.
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A lack of standardisation and business process is a clear barrier to building a valuable contract cleaning company according to Paul Ridden, CEO of SmartTask.
The newly-released Global Tissue & Hygiene Market Research Report 2018 provides strategists, marketers and senior management with the critical information they need to assess the global tissue and hygiene sector.
Along with strategically analysing the key micro markets, the report also focuses on industry-specific drivers, restraints, opportunities and challenges in the tissue and hygiene market.
Opened in 2009, Unilever's headquarters in Germany is a striking feature in Hamburg's newly redeveloped harbour district. With offices and public areas, washroom visitor numbers can be as high as 5,000 on a weekday.
Thanks to Tork EasyCube mastering the challenge of delivering efficient, top quality cleaning, it has become much easier for the team from facilities management company Sodexo, which has now managed to reduce the number of cleaning rounds from 90 per day, to 68 per day.
Principle Cleaning Services has been awarded a new two-year cleaning services contract with The Office Group (TOG), a leading provider of flexible office space, meeting and co-working spaces.
Astley Hire is now in its 52nd year of supplying industrial and commercial equipment to North West manufacturers, factories and traders. This year, the company has received its highest percentage for customer satisfaction according to the latest survey by Insight.
Kimberly-Clark Corporation has approved a capacity expansion project at its Mobile, Alabama manufacturing facility that will support K-C Professional's continued bath tissue category growth in North America.
"The Mobile team is excited about the role we will play in supporting the projected growth of the bath tissue category in North America as a result of this capacity expansion project," says Todd Visscher, mill manager for Kimberly-Clark 's Mobile operations. "This investment, the commitment of our employees, and the community support will together bolster Mobile Mill's competitive position within Kimberly-Clark."
Two French entrepreneurs are revolutionising fish tanks with a product that uses half a recycled coconut and means an aquarium rarely has to be cleaned, having starting their business CocoPlant while studying at Université Paris-Saclay.
Maël Levet studied how to miniaturise an old technique called aquaponics to create a small ecosystem within an aquarium, where fish waste feeds plants and plants keep the water clean. He set up CocoPlant to produce and sell these natural filtration systems using plants inside coconuts that sit on a tank, cleaning the water that flows through the roots. Designed to be a zen garden on top of the aquarium, the product is inspired by the Japanese gardening technique called Kokedama.
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