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House Cleaner

House cleaners provide cleaning services in private homes.

Also Known As

Home Cleaner, Home Service Professional, Housekeeper, Light Duty Cleaner, Residential Maid

NOC Codes

In Canada, the federal government groups and organizes occupations based on a National Occupational Classification (NOC) system. This alis occupation may not reflect the entire NOC group it is part of. Data for the NOC group can apply across multiple occupations.

The NOC system is updated every 5 years to reflect changes in the labour market. Government forms and labour market data may group and refer to an occupation differently, depending on the system used. Here is how this occupation has been classified over time:

  • 2006 NOC: Light Duty Cleaners (6661) 
  • 2006 NOC-S: Light Duty Cleaners (G931) 
  • 2011 NOC: Light duty cleaners (6731) 
  • 2016 NOC: Light duty cleaners (6731) 
Interests & Abilities

In Alberta, this occupation is part of 1 or more 2006 National Occupational Classification (NOC) groups. If there are multiple related NOC groups, select a NOC heading to learn about each one.

Light Duty Cleaners
2006 NOC : 6661

Interest Codes

Interest Codes for This NOC Group

METHODICAL

Interest in copying instructions to clean lobbies, hallways, offices and rooms of hotels, hospitals, schools, office buildings and private residences, and to disinfect operating rooms and other hospital areas

OBJECTIVE

Interest in handling equipment to sweep, mop, wash, wax and polish floors, and to vacuum carpeting and area rugs, draperies and upholstered furniture

innovative

Interest in inspecting surfaces and objects for dust, dirt and grease to determine appropriate cleaning products to use

Your Interest Codes

To identify or change your interest codes, complete the Interests Exercise in CAREERinsite.

Reading Interest Codes
A Quick Guide

The interest code helps you figure out if you’d like to work in a particular occupation. 

It’s based on the Canadian Work Preference Inventory (CWPI), which measures 5 occupational interests: Directive, Innovative, Methodical, Objective, and Social.

Each set of 3 interest codes for this NOC group is listed in order of importance.

A code in capital letters means it’s a strong fit for the occupation.

A code in all lowercase letters means the fit is weaker.

Learn About Interests

Abilities

Typical ability expectations for this NOC group
Your abilities

To fill in or change the values for your abilities, complete the Abilities Exercise in CAREERinsite.

Mental Abilities

General Learning Ability

Verbal Ability

Numerical Ability

Visual Abilities

Spatial Perception

Form Perception

Clerical Perception

Physical Abilities

Motor Coordination

Finger Dexterity

Manual Dexterity

Understanding Abilities

A Quick Guide

You are born with abilities that help you process certain types of information and turn it into action. These abilities influence which skills you can learn more easily.

The abilities or aptitudes shown for this NOC group come from the General Aptitude Test Battery (GATB). The GATB measures 9 aptitudes. It groups them into 3 categories: mental, visual, and physical.

The abilities scores range from 1 to 5, with 5 being stronger.

Learn About Abilities

Duties
Updated Apr 11, 2022

Duties vary depending on what the customer needs and wants. In general, house cleaners do routine cleaning tasks each time they visit. They may perform other cleaning tasks as needed, such as when people move.

Routinely, house cleaners:

  • Vacuum and wash floors and stairways
  • Dust furniture and household objects, such as picture frames, windowsills, door frames, light fixtures, and baseboards
  • Clean kitchen surfaces, such as cupboards, appliances, counters, and sinks
  • Clean bathroom surfaces, such as bathtubs, showers, toilets, and mirrors
  • Empty wastebaskets and replace garbage bags
  • Maintain cleaning supplies and equipment provided by the cleaning company
  • Record and handle invoices and cash or cheques
  • Record schedule information
  • Provide a daily report or log sheet to the cleaning company

Occasionally, house cleaners may:

  • Wash walls
  • Clean inside cupboards and closets
  • Clean inside major appliances
  • Wash the inside of windows
Working Conditions
Updated Apr 11, 2022
  • Strength Required Lift up to 20 kg

House cleaners usually work Monday to Friday starting at about 8 am. They work until the day’s assignments are done. This is usually between 3 and 4:30 pm.

Cleaners employed by house cleaning companies often work in teams of 2 or more. They may drive a company car or their own car from home to home. House cleaning teams usually clean 3 to 4 homes a day. Most of the time, the company provides cleaning supplies and equipment.

Self-employed house cleaners often work alone. Solo cleaners visit fewer homes during a single day. They may use the client’s supplies and equipment or provide their own.

Some house cleaning duties are physically demanding. They may involve standing for long periods of time. They may include climbing step ladders, bending, and stretching. Cleaning involves many repetitive movements.

Traits & Skills
Updated Apr 11, 2022

House cleaners need:

  • Good health
  • Stamina
  • An ability to follow written and oral instructions
  • Organizational skills
  • Customer service skills
  • An ability to work cooperatively with others
  • An ability to work with little supervision
  • An ability to safely operate a vehicle
  • An ability to find addresses

They should enjoy having clear rules and guidelines and working in an unstructured environment.

Top 10 Skills Employers Are Looking For

Light duty cleaners
NOC code: 6731

This chart shows which job skills are currently in highest demand for this occupational group. It was created using this occupation's 100 most recent Alberta job postings, collected between May 13, 2022 and May 26, 2022.

Review these skills to learn:

  • Whether or not this occupation matches your skill set
  • What training you may need to get these skills
  • What skills to highlight in your resumé, cover letter, and interview.
Sweep, mop, wash and polish floors
Pick up debris and empty trash containers
Dust furniture
Vacuum carpeting, area rugs, draperies and upholstered furniture
Clean, disinfect and polish kitchen and bathroom fixtures and appliances
Handle and report lost and found items
Wash windows, walls and ceilings
Distribute clean towels and toiletries
Make beds and change sheets
Personal Suitability: Reliability
Educational Requirements
Updated Apr 11, 2022
  • Minimum Education Less than high school

Residential cleaning companies usually provide training on the job. Some employers may prefer applicants to have a high school diploma. Employment and character references usually are required. Some employers require a criminal record check. They also like workers to have a driver’s abstract.

To expand or narrow your search for programs related to this occupation, visit Post-Secondary Programs.

Completing a program does not guarantee entrance into an occupation. Before enrolling in an education program, prospective students should look into various sources for education options and employment possibilities. For example, contact associations and employers in this field.

Certification Requirements
Updated Apr 11, 2022
  • Certification Not Regulated

There is currently no provincial legislation regulating this occupation in Alberta.

Employment & Advancement
Updated Apr 11, 2022

House cleaners may be self-employed. Others are employed part time or full time by residential cleaning service companies.

House cleaners may move into related occupations such as housekeeping attendant and institutional housekeeper. In larger companies, cleaners may rise into supervisor or office positions.

Industry Concentration

This section shows the industries where the majority of people in this occupation work. The data is based on the 2016 Census.

In Alberta, this occupation is part of 1 or more 2016 National Occupational Classification (NOC) groups.

In the 6731: Light duty cleaners occupational group, 81.6% of people work in:

Employment Outlook

Employment outlook is influenced by a wide variety of factors including:

  • Time of year (for seasonal jobs)
  • Location in Alberta
  • Employment turnover (when people leave existing positions)
  • Occupational growth (when new positions are created)
  • Size of the occupation
  • Trends and events that affect overall employment, especially in the industry or industries from the previous list

In Alberta, the 6731: Light duty cleaners occupational group is expected to have an above-average annual growth of 2.5% from 2019 to 2023. In addition to job openings created by employment turnover, 705 new positions are forecasted to be created within this occupational group each year.

Note
NOC groups often include several related occupations. Although there is labour market data for the larger NOC group, this occupation makes up only a part of that group. It means data for this occupation may be different than the data shown. For example, only some of the new positions to be created will be for this occupation. It also applies to other data for the NOC group such as number of people employed.

Source: Alberta Regional Occupational Demand Outlook

Employment turnover is expected to increase as members of the baby boom generation retire over the next few years.

Wage & Salary
Updated Apr 11, 2022

House cleaners may be paid hourly wages. Sometimes they are paid by the job. This is called piece work.

Some employers provide a vehicle and gas. Others may pay extra when the cleaner uses their own car.

In Alberta, this occupation is part of 1 or more 2016 National Occupational Classification (NOC) groups. If there are multiple related NOC groups, select a NOC heading to learn about each one.

Light duty cleaners

2016 NOC : 6731
Average Wage
$17.17
Per Hour
Average Salary
$27,544.00
Per Year
Average Hours
31.1
Per Week
Average Months on Payroll
11.9
Survey Methodology Survey Analysis

Source
2019 Alberta Wage and Salary Survey

NOC 6731 Wage Profile

Unless otherwise noted, the data shown here is for all industries and all regions in Alberta.

All wage estimates are hourly except where otherwise indicated. Wages and salaries do not include overtime hours, tips, benefits, profit shares, bonuses (unrelated to production), and other forms of compensation.

To see the full survey data for this NOC group, visit the wage profile.

Other wage sources
To make an informed wage and salary decision, research other wage sources [pdf] to supplement this data.

A: High Reliability
Data Reliability Code Definition

High Reliability, represents a CV of less than or equal to 6.00% and 30 survey observations and/or represents 50% or more of all estimated employment for the occupation.


Hourly Wage
For full-time and part-time employees
  • Low
  • High
  • Average
  • Median
Starting
Overall
Top
Wages* Low (5th percentile) High (95th percentile) Average Median
Starting $15.00 $19.24 $16.17 $15.50
Overall $15.00 $20.50 $17.17 $16.55
Top $15.00 $23.09 $18.74 $18.00

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* All wage estimates are hourly except where otherwise indicated. Wages and salaries do not include overtime hours, tips, benefits, profit shares, bonuses (unrelated to production) and other forms of compensation.

Pay brackets for hourly wages

  • Starting pay: average pay offered for entry-level positions
  • Overall pay: average pay across all employees in this occupation
  • Top pay: average pay offered to top-paid employees

Industry Information
Public Administration
Finance, Insurance, Real Estate, Leasing
Educational Services
Health Care & Social Assistance
ALL INDUSTRIES
Other Services (Repair, Personal Services and Related)
Accommodation & Food Services
Information, Culture, Recreation
Business, Building and Other Support Services

Skills Shortage

Employers that Recruited in the Last 2 Years

68%
68%)

Recruiting Employers that Experienced Hiring Difficulties

39%
39%

Employers with Unfilled Vacancies of over 4 Months

10%
10%

Vacancy Rate

4%
Related Post-Secondary Field of Study
  • Personal and Food Services

Updated Mar 31, 2022. The information contained in this profile is current as of the dates shown. Salary, employment outlook, and educational program information may change without notice. It is advised that you confirm this information before making any career decisions.

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