Russian cleaners in higher education

22nd of May 2015
Russian cleaners in higher education

A degree programme has been launched for cleaners by a Russian university, reports Oleg Popov.

The Russian cleaning industry is relatively young. During recent years specialists from different fields have entered the cleaning market and gradually gained all the basics of the cleaning trade while practising. It took time for different courses and

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Closing the gender pay gap in French cleaning sector

20th of May 2015
Closing the gender pay gap in French cleaning sector

Men still earn more than women in the French cleaning sector, reports ECJ correspondent Christian Bouzols. A new agreement has been signed to address the issue.

At the end of 2014, the French cleaning federation signed an agreement with the trade unions to increase the minimum wages in the sector during 2015. This agreement contains clauses to

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Buying into lithium-ion

19th of May 2015
Buying into lithium-ion

Lithium-ion batteries are among the latest products to hit the traditionally slow-moving battery market. But are cleaning machine companies - and their customers – buying into the new battery technologies?

Lithium-ion technology has revolutionised the battery industry since it was introduced in the 1970s. Rechargeable lithium-ion batteries

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Convergence in facilities management (FM) accelerates rapidly

19th of May 2015
Convergence in facilities management (FM) accelerates rapidly

Fergus Bird, event manager of Facilities Show 2015 discusses the increasing convergence within FM and how it is changing the face of the sector. Convergence is a sign of a maturing market. For facilities management (FM), convergence is resulting in the sector being characterised by one-stop-shop businesses, offering multiple services as a single,

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Plenty of life left in older workers

18th of May 2015
Plenty of life left in older workers

The baby-boomers of the post-WW II years are fast leaving the world of work. But as birth rates tumble across much of Europe, can we afford to let them go … and do they really want to go? Hartley Milner explores why attitudes towards older workers are beginning to change.

Sid in stores had given his best years to the auto components

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Current state of the Dutch cleaning industry

18th of May 2015
Current state of the Dutch cleaning industry

The latest contribution from Dutch correspondent Nico Lemmens offers a brief overview of the current state of affairs in the cleaning sector.

During the last few years we have seen the introduction of the Code for Responsible Market Conduct as well as the Cleaning Quality Mark. The latter was introduced by OSB, the Dutch association of cleaning

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