It pays to be clean

The Sunday Times Story of the family who got repeated stomach bugs because their cleaner wiped the loo with their towels is revolting.

But what shocked me most was that the cleaning company charged $50 a hour.

I have nothing against a business making money and realise the hourly rate will cover not just wages but overheads.

But either they do things differently in the city or I’m very out of touch because $50 an hour for cleaning sounds exorbitant to me.

I wonder how much the cleaner got?

If it was half the amount the home owner paid, it would be a little more than twice the sum offered to a graduate journalist in an advertisement spotted by David Cohen:

Starting salary is $25,000.

Interesting. According to the Department of Labour, the minimum wage is $12 an hour, or $24,960 a year, which puts the offered amount here only microscopically higher (not quite 2c an hour before tax) than what an entry-level burger-flipper might expect to command at McDonald’s.

Even if the cleaner got a quarter of the charge-out rate, s/he would be nearly 50 cents an hour better paid than the reporter.

One Response to It pays to be clean

  1. pdm says:

    We pay our lady who comes in once a week, does two bathrooms including two toilets, polishes what needs polishing, wipes down windows sills, vacuums carpeted areas and mops the tiles in the kitchen dining areas $15 an hour. Actually we pay her $30 each visit – sometimes for only about 90mins but usually she is in at about 8.30 and gone by 10.30.

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