Window Cleaners clean interior and exterior window surfaces.

    You can work as a Window Cleaner without formal qualifications. Some on the job training may be provided.

    Tasks

    • Selects and applies cleaning agents to remove stains from windows and other surfaces.
    • Uses ladders, swinging scaffolds, bosun's chairs, hydraulic bucket trucks and other equipment to reach and clean windows in multi-storey buildings.
    • Cleans stone walls, metal surfaces, fascias and window frames using high pressure water cleaners and solvents.

    All Other Cleaners

    • $1,385 Weekly Pay
    • Decline Future Growth
    • Average unemployment Unemployment

    Window Cleaners

    • 2,900 workers Employment Size
    • Entry level Skill level rating
    • 32% Full-Time Full-Time Share
    • 42 hours Average full-time
    • 44 years Average age
    • 14% female Gender Share

    The number of people working as Window Cleaners (in their main job) grew strongly over 5 years:
    from 2,600 in 2011 to 2,900 in 2016.

    • Size: This is a very small occupation.
    • Location: Window Cleaners work in many regions of Australia.
    • Industries: Most work in the Administrative and Support Services industry.
    • Full-time: Less than half work full-time (32%, less than the average of 66%), showing there are many opportunities to work part-time.
    • Hours: Full-time workers spend around 42 hours per week at work (compared to the average of 44 hours).
    • Age: The average age is 44 years (compared to the average of 40 years).
    • Gender: 14% of workers are female (compared to the average of 48%).

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    Main Industries

    Main Employing Industries (% Share)

    Source: Based on ABS Census 2016, Customised Report. Industries are based on the Australian and New Zealand Standard Industrial Classification (ANZSIC 06).
    Main Employing IndustriesIndustry (% share)
    Administrative and Support Services91.7
    Construction2.2
    Accommodation and Food Services1.6
    Other Services1.2
    Other Industries3.3

    States and Territories

    • NSW

    • VIC

    • QLD

    • SA

    • TAS

    • NT

    • ACT

    Employment by State and Territory (% Share)

    Source: Based on Based on ABS Census 2016, Customised Report. Share of workers across Australian States and Territories, in this job compared to the all jobs average.
    StateWindow CleanersAll Jobs Average
    NSW29.431.6
    VIC28.725.6
    QLD13.720.0
    SA9.27.0
    WA13.810.8
    TAS3.72.0
    NT0.31.0
    ACT1.21.9

    Age Profile

    Age Profile (% Share)

    Source: Based on Based on ABS Census 2016, Customised Report. Age profile of workers in this job compared to the all jobs average.
    Age BracketWindow CleanersAll Jobs AverageAll Jobs Average
    15-192.3-5.05.0
    20-248.2-9.39.3
    25-3420.3-22.922.9
    35-4421.4-22.022.0
    45-5423.2-21.621.6
    55-5910.0-9.09.0
    60-648.5-6.06.0
    65 and Over6.1-4.24.2

    Education Level

    Highest Level of Education (% Share)

    Source: ABS, ABS Census 2016, Customised Report. Highest qualification completed by workers in this job (in any field of study). Qualifications needed by new workers might be different from the qualifications of workers already in the job.
    Type of QualificationWindow CleanersAll Jobs AverageAll Jobs Average
    Post Graduate/Graduate Diploma or Graduate Certificate2.0-10.110.1
    Bachelor degree6.3-21.821.8
    Advanced Diploma/Diploma7.8-11.611.6
    Certificate III/IV21.9-21.121.1
    Year 1224.3-18.118.1
    Year 119.0-4.84.8
    Year 10 and below28.7-12.512.5

    You can work as a Window Cleaner without formal qualifications. Some on the job training may be provided.

    Checks, licences and tickets

    You may need:

    • abseiling ticket
    • rope access licence
    • working at heights ticket
    • forklift licence

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    Knowledge

    These are important topics, subjects or knowledge areas.

    1. Public Safety and Security

      39% Skill level

      Use of equipment, rules and ideas to protect people, data, property, and institutions.

    2. Customer and Personal Service

      38% Skill level

      Understanding customer needs, providing good quality service, and measuring customer satisfaction.

    3. English Language

      37% Skill level

      English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.

    4. Administration and Management

      34% Skill level

      Business principles involved in strategic planning, leadership, and coordinating people and resources.

    5. Chemistry

      31% Skill level

      Chemical composition, structure, and properties. How chemicals are made, used, mixed, and can change.

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    Demands

    The physical and social demands workers face most often are shown below.

    1. Spend Time Standing

      96% Important

      How much time do you spend standing?

    2. Face-to-Face Discussions

      85% Important

      How often do you talk with people face-to-face?

    3. Indoors, Heat Controlled

      84% Important

      How often do you work indoors with access to heating or cooling?

    4. Freedom to Make Decisions

      83% Important

      How much freedom do you have to make decision on your own?

    5. Structured versus Unstructured Work

      82% Important

      How much freedom do you have to decide on tasks, priorities, and goals?

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    O*NET is a trademark of the U.S. Department of Labor, Employment and Training Administration.
    The skills and importance ratings on this page are derived from the US Department of Labor O*NET Database Version 21.2, 37-2011.00 - Janitors and Cleaners, Except Maids and Housekeeping Cleaners.

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