Industry Analysis & Industry Trends
Demand for cleaning services is strong and stable, driven by trends in non-dwelling construction activity and the outsourcing of cleaning services. Governments and businesses are increasingly outsourcing cleaning as they concentrate on their core activities and services and seek out cost efficiencies in operations. Further, a rise in demand for residential cleaning services is resulting from high- and dual-income households and the progressive ageing of the population. Many in-home, aged-care programs now offer cleaning services, particularly for disabled people.
Industry clients are increasingly seeking to bundle cleaning, catering, security, maintenance and related services under a single, multi-service contract arrangement... purchase to read more
Industry Report - Starting a New Business Chapter
Entry barriers to the industry are very low, as the activity generally requires limited formal skills or training, and there is also no regulation or licensing. Cleaning skills and knowledge can readily be learned or transferred on the job, and the industry is largely labour intensive. Capital outlay to set up an operation is extremely low, even if entry is on a franchised basis. In addition, some employees commence operations by seeking a number of small after-hours contracts, and service these as part of an additional or second job. Most owner-operators at the lowest end of the industry are required to input a substantial component of their own labour, along with that of available family, relatives or friends, or others that are available at short notice and after business hours... purchase to read more