Housekeeping assistant

chamberperson chambermaid

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Currently employed in Scotland

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What's it like?

You would make sure that hotel rooms are clean, tidy and inviting for guests.

You would need to be methodical, work quickly and take pride in making sure the rooms are pleasant for people to stay in during their holidays or business trip. You’d also clean and tidy the rooms during the time the guests are staying.

You would:

  • Change bed linen and towels
  • Make beds
  • Vacuum floors
  • Dust and polish furniture
  • Clean bathrooms
  • Replace stocks of guest supplies such as shampoo and soap
  • Re-stock drinks in the mini-bar

In a small hotel you would be told which rooms to clean by the housekeeper or housekeeping manager who would check your work. In larger hotels you would report to the floor housekeeper or assistant housekeeper.

In the very smallest establishments you may be supervised by the hotel owner or manager, who may also do some of the work themselves.

Working conditions


You would usually work shifts, including early starts, as well as some weekends and bank holidays. Part-time, seasonal and temporary work is common.


Your employer would usually provide a uniform.

UK employment status



Self employed

Here are some of the skills that people in this job would be most likely to have:

  • Working as part of a team
  • Helping customers
  • Working on your own
  • Working with your hands
  • Being physically fit
  • Time management
  • Paying attention to detail

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Getting in

Entry requirements for courses can change. Always contact the college, university or training provider to check exactly what you’ll need.


There are no formal qualifications required to enter this job but a good general education (SCQF level 4/5) may be required by some employers.

Training is mainly on the job.

Helpful to have

 Qualifications and experience that show: 

  • knowledge of the hospitality industry
  • fitness
  • cleaning skills