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Street cleaner

Workers in this unit group clean, sweep and remove refuse from public thoroughfares.


  • Transfers refuse into containers and empties public litter bins into containers.
  • Collects litter using hand tools.
  • Sweeps pavements, gutters and roadways with hand broom or mechanical sweeper.

Typical Education Level

Level 1 NVQ; GCSE at grades D-G

Will retirement created job openings

In the UK, 34% in this profession are aged 55 or above.* They will likely retire in the next 10 years, creating a demand for new workers

*This is based on national data


Average annual earnings

The current average wage for street cleaner is £16,790

690 positions

Current Employment

The number of jobs in the career for the current year is 690. Job counts include both employed and self-employed persons, and do not distinguish between full- and part-time jobs.


Job Postings

Over the past year, jobs have been posted for street cleaner roles.

How well does it pay?

Normal pay for this occupation is £16,790 per year. That is about £1,399 per month or £8.61 per hour. New workers generally start on £13,936, while highly experienced workers can earn as much as £24,425

Is it growing or declining?

This career has remained the same over the last 2 years, and is expected to remain the same over the next 4 years. Currently, 690 people are employed in the region.

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