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Cleaners (Part time)

Directorate of Technology, Estates & Facilities
10.57 per hour rising to 10.76 per hour after 12 months
Grade 1
Contract status
Hours of work
Based at
University of York campus
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Role Description

Directorate of Technology, Estates & Facilities - (Facilities Services)

The Directorate of Technology, Estates and Facilities [DTEF] is responsible for ‘providing outstanding work, study, research facilities, and facilities to enhance the student experience, on campus and online’.

Our directorate consists of three sections which are:

Technology:  IT Infrastructure: Networks, Faculty IT and Security, Systems, Desktop and Print.   

Digital: Software, Projects, BA/change management.

Estates: Estates Operations: Asset Management, Policy & Assurance, Operations & Maintenance.

Estates Development: Estates , Projects, and DTEF Engagement. 

Facilities: Campus Services: Facilities, Admin. & Customers, Accommodation & Room Bookings 

Commercial Services: Retail, Catering, Conferences, Nursery, Copy & Print, York Sport, York Science Park Ltd & Guildhall.

This role is part of the Cleaning team within Facilities Services. 


As a Cleaner within the University of York you will ensure that allocated areas of the campus are cleaned to a consistently high standard. You will carry out general cleaning duties, in any areas allocated by your Supervisor or Cleaning Manager, to the required standard and in accordance with agreed service levels. Following training, you will ensure that cleaning materials and equipment are used in a safe, efficient and cost effective way.

Due to the nature of the work, you will be required to be on your feet for the duration of the shift and must have the ability to carry out significant manual handling duties such as:  making beds, carrying linen bundles, use of heavy floor cleaning machinery, using stairs etc.

You should also have the ability to communicate effectively with others and to receive and understand instructions.  In addition, you will need to be able to use email and other online systems so that you are able to receive University communications, including e-payslips.

Shift patterns currently available are predominantly 06:00-09:00, Monday-Friday (15 hours per week). Please clearly state on your application if you are looking for an alternative shift pattern to this and we can consider you for any future vacancies as they arise. 

Whilst the shifts represent regular working patterns, the positions require the flexibility to work any 5 days out of 7, including weekends when agreed in advance.  In particular, during vacation periods and clean-down periods, the workload can fluctuate and our cleaners are expected to be flexible in their hours of work.  All members of the team should be able to work additional hours from time to time.

Skills, Experience & Qualification needed

  • Ability to follow instructions and to work as part of a team

  • Ability to use the internet and e-mail

  • Good communication skills to enable interaction with staff, students and conference guests

  • The ability to communicate effectively with colleagues, managers and customers and to receive and understand instruction.

  • Ability to carry out significant manual handling duties such as carrying heavy bundles of linen and using heavy floor cleaning machinery.

  • Flexibility to work any 5 days out of 7, including weekends when requested

  • Ability to carry out significant manual handling duties such as carrying heavy bundles of linen and using heavy floor cleaning machinery.

  • Evidence of behaviours that uphold our Our Values

Help and assistance

If you have any questions about your application, contact the DTEF Recruitment team:

+44 (0)1904 32 2073


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