The general mood in Germany's contract cleaning sector

12th of August 2022 Article by Katja Scholz
The general mood in Germany's contract cleaning sector

For the fourth year in succession now, the Federal Guild of Contract Cleaners (BIV) has carried out a spring survey. This enables BIV member companies to present a picture of the general mood in the sector and to give their views on market forecasts, revenue projections and topics of current interest. Hence this year's spring survey also reflected the war in Ukraine and its..

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Minimum wage increase pressure

5th of August 2022 Article by Christian Bouzols
Minimum wage increase pressure

Christian Bouzols in France explains the increase in the minimum wage is causing stress in the sector.

Due to inflation, the official minimum wage in France was increased on May 1, the third increase in just seven months. This minimum wage, called the SMIC (Salaire Minimum de Croissance) now amounts to €1,302.64 net a month. The two million workers who were on the SMIC are the..

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Should we worry about Monkeypox?

27th of July 2022 Article by Lynn Webster
Should we worry about Monkeypox?

Lynn Webster in the UK on how the cleaning sector is assessing another virus in the news.

As we are becoming less fraught after dealing with the height of the Covid pandemic, and some level of normality returns to our lives, we face the potential risk from the recent changes in behaviours of another envelope virus. Monkeypox.

Whilst we are assured by medical and epidemiolog..

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Cleaning practices versus regimes

19th of July 2022 Article by John Griep
Cleaning practices versus regimes

Dutch reporter John Griep on how sector body VSR trains the cleaning inspectors who visit client sites.

What do you do, as a cleaning inspector, if cleaning light switches is still in the cleaning regimen while almost all the lights in the building you are in are turned on and off automatically by sensors? Typically, this is the kind of situation you can run into in this professio..

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Reality cleaning contest

11th of July 2022 Article by Lotte Printz
Reality cleaning contest

Lotte Printz in Denmark reviews a new reality TV format on cleaning. "Maybe you have even been inspired to live a cleaner life!"

These are the final words by the celebrity host of a brand-new reality TV format about cleaning, spoken as the closing credits appear on the screen in the seventh and final episode and the nine contestants eliminated earlier fling their arms around the neck of the winner of ‘The Golden Bucket'.

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