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England

In 2008, 838,000 people were employed in the sector in England. Nearly 40% of employment (330,000) in the sector is within the property and housing industry, 47% (393,000) in cleaning and support services and 13% (115,000) is within facilities management.

Workforce characteristics:

  • 64% of the workforce is employed full-time.
  • 51% of the workforce is female.
  • There is a high proportion of males working in the facilities management industry (58%) and a low proportion within the cleaning and support services (48%).
  • The ethnic composition of the workforce in England is White (90%).
  • 69% of the workforce is aged between 25-54 years, compared with 70% across the UK as a whole.
  • 10% of the workforce is aged 16-24 years (14% in the UK) and 21% is aged over 55 years (17% in the UK).
  • 18% of the workforce has no qualifications, compared with 9% in the UK.
  • 56% of the workforce in the property and housing and facilities management industries has a Level 3 and above qualification.
  • 36% of the workforce within the cleaning and support services industry does not have any qualifications.

Elementary occupations account for 35% of all employment within the sector, compared with 11% across all sectors in the UK. Managerial occupations account for 22% of all employment within the sector, compared with 16% in the UK. Across the industries:

  • 87% of occupations within the cleaning and support services industry are elementary, compared with 11% in the UK.
  • 48% of occupations within the facilities management industry are managerial (approximately 27,000 jobs).
  • Around 28% of all occupations within the housing and property industry are within managerial occupations (approximately 97,600 jobs), compared with 16% in the UK.
  • Around 24% of all occupations within the housing and property industry are within associate professional and technical occupations (approximately 82,400 jobs), compared with 15% in the UK.

Future needs and skills

The London Olympic Games 2012 will demand skills from across the occupational and skills spectrum, including:

  • During the games – elementary occupations, particularly Cleaning
  • Post-2012 – property negotiators, property, housing and land managers
  • Elementary occupations, particularly cleaners, in the immediate build up to, and during 2012, are forecast to be significant and will demand a number of skills: good work ethic; English language; good communication skills – especially for team leaders and supervisors; and strong customer service skills.

Source: Asset Skills UK Sector Skills Assessment 2010 and Asset Skills UK Sector Skills Assessment – England 2010