Stormy weather for Dutch cleaning sector

27th of April 2012
Stormy weather for Dutch cleaning sector

ECJ reporter in the Netherlands Nico Lemmens on a new quality standard being introduced by cleaning companies association OSB.

As reported in the February/March edition of this journal, the Dutch association of cleaning companies OSB has introduced a new Quality Mark. The OSB Quality Mark has three pillars.
The first is a set of legal requirements

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Sweden enjoys domestic cleaning boom

27th of April 2012
Sweden enjoys domestic cleaning boom

Correspondent Petra Sjouwerman reports from Sweden, where a controversial tax deduction has had a huge influence on the cleaning sector.

The cleaning industry is one of the fastest growing industrial sectors in Sweden. Since 2007 the number of people employed in this sector has increased by 24 per cent - a  development that has been hugely

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Snapshot of China

27th of April 2012
Snapshot of China

John Feng at the China Professional Commission of Cleaning Service Contractors (CPCCSC) offers ECJ an overview of the country's cleaning market.

The development of the cleaning industry in China can be divided into three stages: traditional cleaning, modern cleaning and contemporary cleaning. Traditional cleaning was a rather long period,

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Germany needs more cleaning workers

13th of March 2012
Germany needs more cleaning workers

Thomas Schulte-Marxloh in Germany explains how the cleaning sector is running short of human resources.

Some German industries, like the contract cleaning business, are running short of human resources Not only the skilled labourer but also the apprentice is most wanted, in particular in some regions of east Germany. Before the European laws and

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Better deal for UK workers?

9th of March 2012
Better deal for UK workers?

This edition sees the start of a new series of articles focusing on the major economies of Europe. The first of these is the UK – with an overview of the economy and its particular challenges and a look at how that impacts the professional cleaning sector. Andrew Large at the British Cleaning Council talks exclusively to ECJ.

The cleaning

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Afidamp brings in new president

9th of March 2012
Afidamp brings in new president

Michele Redi has concluded his term as president of Italian cleaning association AfidampFAB, to be succeeded by Matteo Marino. Anna Garbagna reports from Milan.

Continuity and focus on the future: these were the main elements which emerged from the assembly of AfidampFAB associates, which took place in Milan recently.

Michele Redi, the

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