Washed out: Household spending pressures have caused industry revenue to falter

The industry provides cleaning services to residential and commercial clients and is highly fragmented, with many small operators. Revenue is expected to increase at a compound annual rate of 0.1% over the five years through 2018-19 to £5.9 billion. Expanding real incomes and falling unemployment increased demand for cleaning services from households during the first two years of the period. Relatively robust business confidence levels also enhanced demand from commercial clients for value-added services, such as polishing and buffing services. However, revenue faltered from 2016-17 as economic uncertainties associated with the EU referendum led to businesses reducing spending on value-added services...read more.

Industry Statistics & Market Size
Annual Growth 14-19
Forecast Growth 19-24
Market Share of Companies
There are no companies with a dominant market share in this industry

Industry Threats & Opportunities

  • Household spending pressures are expectedto weigh on demand, causing revenue to fall
  • Lower unemployment levels enhanced demand from households in the first two years of the period
  • Residential construction activity is expected to support demand overthe next five years
  • Industry Report - Industry Investment Chapter

    Comparing the human and capital equipment factors of production, using wages and depreciation costs as proxies, determines the level of capital intensity. Comparatively high depreciation costs indicate substantial investment in depreciable assets, such as buildings and equipment, resulting in high capital intensity. Conversely, high wage costs indicate high labour intensity.The industry exhibits a low level of capital intensity. In 2018-19, the industry's capital-to-labour ratio is estimated to be 1:24.91. This indicates that for every £1.00 spent on capital, an estimated £24.91 will be spent on labour. The industry's level of capital intensity falls further when also considering subcontractor costs...purchase to read more.

    Additional Insights for the General Building Cleaning Industry

    IBISWorld identifies 250 Key Success Factors for a business.The most important for the General Building Cleaning Industry are

  • Ability to compete on tender
  • Ability to effectively communicate and negotiate
  • Ability to raise funds from additional sources
  • IBISWorld analysts also discuss how external factors such as Business confidence index and Demand from commercial building construction in the General Building Cleaning industry impact industry performance..

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    What is the General Building Cleaning Industry?

    This industry focuses on the provision of general cleaning services for residential and commercial buildings. These services mainly include interior cleaning services. Industrial cleaning and other specialised cleaning services are not covered (see IBISWorld report N81.220).

    Industry Products
  • Carpet cleaning
  • Exterior cleaning
  • Hard surface cleaning
  • Bathroom and toilet cleaning
  • Industry Activities
  • Interior cleaning including mopping, sweeping, cleaning of carpets and cleaning of bathrooms and toilets
  • Exterior cleaning
  • Emptying bins and removing rubbish
  • Table of Contents

    Industry Definition
    Main Activities
    Similar Industries
    Additional Resources
    Industry Statistics Snapshot
    Industry Structure
    Executive Summary
    Executive Summary
    Key External Drivers
  • Business confidence index
  • Demand from commercial building construction
  • Demand from residential building construction
  • Number of businesses
  • Real household disposable income
  • Average weekly hours of work

  • Current Performance
  • Commercial cleaning
  • Residential demand
  • Margins tumble
  • Chart: Revenue Growth

  • Industry Outlook
  • Commercial demand
  • Residential conditions
  • Potential turbulence
  • Table: General Building Cleaning Industry Revenue Outlook

  • Industry Life Cycle
  • Life cycle reasons
  • Chart: Benchmarking - General Building Cleaning Industry Lifecycle vs The Economy

  • Supply Chains
    Key Buying Industries
  • Clothing Retailing
  • Financial and Insurance Activities
  • Real Estate Activities

  • Key Selling Industries
  • Chemical Product Wholesaling
  • Household Appliance & Television Wholesaling

  • Products & Services
  • Carpet cleaning
  • Hard surface cleaning
  • Bathroom and toilet cleaning
  • Other
  • Exterior cleaning
  • Chart: General Building Cleaning Industry Products and Services Segmentation

  • Demand Determinants
    Major Markets
  • Commercial offices
  • Apartments
  • Other non-industrial commercial premises
  • Houses
  • Chart: Major Market Segmentation for the General Building Cleaning Industry

  • International Trade
    Business Locations
    Chart: Business Locations by State
    Market Share Concentration
    Key Success Factors
    Cost Structure Benchmarks
    ProfitWagesPurchasesDepreciationOther costs
  • Chart: Cost Structure Benchmarking – Sector vs General Building Cleaning

  • Basis of Competition
    Internal competitionExternal competition
    Barriers to Entry
  • Table: Barrier to Entry Checklist for the General Building Cleaning Industry

  • Industry Globalization
    There are no major players in this industry. This report includes analysis of other companies.
    Capital Intensity
  • Chart: Level of Capital Intensity for the General Building Cleaning Industry
  • Chart: Tools of the Trade: Growth Strategies for Success

  • Technology & Systems
    Revenue Volatility
  • Chart: Volatility vs Industry Growth

  • Regulation & Policy
    Industry Assistance
    Table: Industry Data for the General Building Cleaning Industry
  • Industry Revenue (2010-2024)
  • Industry Gross Product (2010-2024)
  • Establishments (2010-2024)
  • Businesses (2010-2024)
  • Employment (2010-2024)
  • Wages (2010-2024)

  • Table: Annual Percentage Change for Key Industry Data
    Table: Key Ratios for Industry Key Data
    Carpet Cleaning
  • The dry cleaning, vacuuming or steam cleaning of carpets.
  • Cleaning Agents
  • Cleaning agents are substances, usually liquids, powders, spray or granules, which are used to remove dirt, stains and odours.
  • Hard Surface Cleaning
  • The cleaning of surfaces made from wood, marble, granite and cement.
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