Street cleaners


Average Annual Pay

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Average Weekly Hours

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Unemployment Rate

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Future employment projections (Working Futures UK)


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


No academic qualifications are required. On-the-job training is provided. NVQs/SVQs in Cleaning: Highways and Land are available at Levels 1 and 2.

Typical tasks

  • sweeps pavements, gutters and roadways with hand broom or mechanical sweeper;
  • collects litter using hand tools;
  • transfers refuse into containers and empties public litter bins into containers.

Common job titles

Cleaner, highways
Orderly, road
Orderly, street
Operative, realm, public (local government)
Sweeper, road
Cleaner, road
Sweeper, street
Cleaner, street
Sweeper (street cleaning)
Attendant, market
Picker, litter
Operative, cleansing (street cleaning)