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Juan Yuste works as a facilities manager in a large shopping centre in Madrid and as such is responsible for managing all the infrastructures and services of this macro-complex, with the aim of optimising all its resources.
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I received a press release this week based on the Office for National Statistics' report, 'Vacancies and jobs in the UK: June 2022'. It described the record high of 1.3 million job vacancies over the past three months, noting that many sectors are suffering from staff shortages. Claims.co.uk had analysed the current listings on job search website ‘Indeed’ to see which industries are most in need of workers. Its findings, which are in the table here, have been covered in a number of publications – none of which seem to have looked beyond what they’ve been given and found the ‘glue’ which sticks all these industries together: the cleaners!
I wonder how many cleaning vacancies are hidden amongst the data?
Without good cleaning practices in place, none of these industries would be able to function properly, would they? It’s so frustrating, since despite the efforts our industry has made in recent years to get Government to recognise the crucial role cleaning staff play in keeping all our other industries going, nothing seems to have changed. And until Government recognises, as a separate entity, the £58.9bn cleaning, hygiene & waste sector - one of the 10 biggest industries in the UK, none of this ONS data makes any sense and thus we can’t properly address the issues we face in recruiting the thousands of cleaners we so badly need, so we can keep everything functioning and shore up our economy, can we?
Is this the same in other countries, I wonder?
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This Week's News
Mitie has been named as a supplier on the new Crown Commercial Services framework, RM6232. The appointment enables Mitie to tender for contracts across all Government departments and public sector organisations to deliver a full range of facilities management services, from waste management and landscaping, to building maintenance, cleaning, reception and security services.
The contact is intended to run for four years.
Sustainability is at the heart of our corporate activity. Based on more than 60 years’ experience in the business we want to provide more than just cleaning solutions which keep sites and surfaces hygienically clean, they should also contribute to a cleaner planet as well.
That is why we created a whole new series of products. All of them are sustainably crafted from post-consumer recycled polyester and marked with an r. These premium cleaning products meet sustainable values driven by innovation and responsibility: Clean meets green.
Optiqo's latest mobile application - Cleantracker AI, offers an easy-to-use method of validating cleaning effectiveness by adopting artificial intelligence and machine learning. Combining AI with advanced image recognition, it facilitates the classification and evaluation of surface area contamination.
"With Cleantracker AI we have been able to provide a solution to a very common issue through enhanced measuring and quantifying results of cleaning deliveries for the facility management industry," says Martin Älenmark, CTO at Optiqo.
Jangro, the largest network of independent janitorial and cleaning distributors in the UK and Ireland, has made further enhancements to its award-winning and CPD-accredited e-learning platform, the Jangro Learning Management Solution (LMS). Its newly refreshed health and safety training course is now live and available for operatives to complete at www.jangrolms.net.
In its bid to equip premises managers and Environmental Control Coordinators with the essential knowledge regarding clean toilet standards, the Restroom Association (Singapore) partnered with the Ascendo Academy to offer a free course on washroom inspection in addition to the ECC course.
As required by Singapore's National Environment Agency, ECCs have to undergo training to oversee the implementation of the Environmental Sanitation Programme and this partnership will equip course participants with the skills they need to be able to assess toilet standards.
Veolia's fully electric street cleansing fleet and dedicated team ensured a swift and effective clean-up operation for one of the biggest events of the year, collecting over 180 tonnes of waste as more than a million people celebrated the 50th anniversary of the UK's first Pride parade in London.
With incredibly high footfall and a large footprint to cover, Veolia's collection teams cleared over 75 tonnes of waste from the parade and 105 tonnes from evening celebrations. Its street cleansing teams worked tirelessly into the early hours of Sunday morning ensuring the city was safe and clean ready for the next day.
The Charter's goal is to raise employment standards throughout the city region and contribute to a thriving and productive economy.
An Aramark Healthcare+ employee who has served Methodist Dallas Medical Center for more than five years, Lisa was nominated by Aramark Healthcare+ senior human resources manager Blake Jaren for her commitment to cleanliness and safety, alongside her ability to connect with patients.
The Reckitt Hygiene Forum, which aims to advance understanding of hygiene as the foundation of public health, has been launched as part of a five-year partnership between the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine and Reckitt.
Based in LSHTM's building in Keppel Street, London, the Forum provides state-of-the-art facilities for hygiene research and teaching, as well as for collaboration with global partners.
Colvin Cleaning Group business owner Gerald Colvin (pictured right) will remain as a consultant to support the full integration of the Colvin business, with his existing team all being retained.
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“Following two years of upheaval, we constantly hear the desire to return to normality, but do we really want that? At the outbreak of the pandemic, it has to be said the cleaning industry was underprepared; cleaning processes were inadequate for the new challenges, and cleaning companies did not hold the necessary equipment to enable the creation of a safe environment. The cleaning industry quickly took stock, and rose to the task, but several problems remained.