Workers within waste collection and street cleansing roles are vital to our communities. Staff members employed in this sector ensure our towns and cities are kept clean and hygienic and maintain high standards of living for everyone in the UK.
Employment in this field is usually physical and candidates searching for jobs via recruitment agencies should note that a good level of fitness and wellbeing are essential to gaining jobs in this area. Workers should be able to work within teams, be able to work quickly and efficiently and have good interpersonal skills when dealing with members of the public.
Academic skills are not as important as practical in this field. Drivers need to have a heavy goods vehicle licence and apprenticeships are a good way into employment. Training on the job by an employer can lead to staff members gaining diplomas.
Employees are needed in every part of the UK and are usually employed by local authorities. Salaries start at about £17,000 for waste collectors and £19,000 for drivers. Those who gain management positions can earn up to £25,000. Shifts can be very early starts, typically between about 6am and 3pm, and staff must be willing to work in all weathers.