Housekeeping assistant

chamberperson chambermaid housekeeper
Hospitality, catering and tourism

Career outlook for housekeeping assistant

Average UK salary


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


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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