A housekeeper cleaning a chair

Expected to earn

The starting pay is around £10.70 and can increase to £11.30.

Skills and values

There are a range of skills and values that are needed to work in care settings.
These include:

  • Excellent communication, observational and listening skills
  • Good verbal, digital, written and numeracy skills
  • Treating people with dignity and respect
  • Ability to follow policy and procedures
  • Attention to detail
  • Good organisational skills and the ability to cope under pressure.

Entry requirements

It may help to have some knowledge of health and safety in the workplace and of the issues faced by people who need care and support. Relevant experience is not essential as full training is provided; having the right values is key. If you are caring and compassionate with good communication skills, a housekeeper could be for you. Many people bring their own personal experience of caring, as well as transferable skills and life experience. There are a range of free training courses to support you into employment and to progress your career in care.

What roles can I do to gain experience?

Volunteering or work experience

Opportunities to develop

Develop to head / team leader housekeeper. Your employer will provide an induction including training necessary for your role such as health and safety, fire safety and Control of Substances Hazardous to Health (COSHH) training. You might also receive specific social care training such as autism awareness, communication skills or working with people with dementia.

What's next

Care Assistant
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