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ONS data shows detrimental effect Covid-19 has had on contract cleaning
The impacts of Covid-19 have been felt in businesses across the UK and, despite an obvious need for increased cleaning practices, cleaning companies are no exception with only 75% of UK businesses in the sector currently trading, according to ONS data. Perfect Clean, a Scottish cleaning company, has analysed the latest ONS data to understand how the pandemic has impacted the UK's cleaning industry.
The administrative and support service industry, which accounts for cleaning, has been one of the worst affected industries, second only to accommodation and food services.
In the first two weeks of December alone, 5% of businesses in the sector permanently ceased trading - more than double the national average. Additionally, 54% of businesses in the sector saw turnover decrease compared to pre-Covid levels.
With businesses following Government advice to 'work from home if you can effectively do so', many businesses have been left empty, reducing the demand for office cleaning services. Estate Agency Savill's found a dramatic 50% decrease in office space uptake in The City of London alone.
7th January 2021