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Caretaker Job Description: Top Duties and Qualifications

A Caretaker, or Janitor or a Site Manager, takes care of the security and maintenance of community buildings. Their duties include cleaning, performing simple repairs and maintenance tasks and performing security checks for the buildings in their care.

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Caretaker duties and responsibilities

The duties of Caretakers vary, depending on their place of work. However, some of their common responsibilities include:

  • Cleaning the building or supervising a team of Cleaners
  • Gardening and performing landscape duties or supervising others in these roles
  • Inspecting the building, including heating, cooling, lighting and alarm systems to make sure they are in good working order
  • Performing basic repairs and maintenance tasks as required
  • Sourcing, booking and supervising contractors for major repairs
  • Monitoring cleaning materials, tools, and furniture and reordering as required
  • Managing bookings for any buildings or rooms available for hire
  • Opening building at the start of the day and locking all doors and windows when not in operation
  • Adhering to the company’s safety policies to create a safe working environment for everyone
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What does a Caretaker do?

A Caretaker makes sure a building and its grounds are secure and in good condition at all times. They care for key buildings in their communities, including schools, flats, community centres, gyms and shopping centres. Some Caretakers work on a single building while others, called Mobile Caretakers, travel and care for a selection of buildings. Caretakers make sure relevant members of the community can use the buildings safely and comfortably. They also keep buildings safe to reduce the costs associated with theft, vandalism and major repairs.

Caretaker skills and qualifications

Caretakers rely on their technical skills and soft skills to maintain buildings. A successful Caretaker candidate will have various prerequisite skills and qualifications that typically include: 

  • Basic DIY skills and in-depth understanding of maintenance procedures
  • Problem-solving skills for addressing safety and maintenance concerns
  • Strong verbal and written communication skills for giving instructions to contractors and support crews
  • Organisation, multi-tasking and scheduling skills
  • Customer service skills for positive dealings with building owners and administrators
  • Research and networking skills for sourcing the best external contractors
  • Negotiation skills for securing contractors at the best price
  • First aid for helping contractors or members of the community requiring basic medical care on site

Caretaker experience requirements

Caretakers often don’t need any experience, as most employers provide comprehensive training. This training teaches Caretakers about the particular building and its requirements. However, caretaking experience is always preferred. Experience working in a similar caretaking environment is beneficial. Related experience, including experience in building maintenance, gardening, electrics, cleaning or plumbing is also useful.

Caretaker education and training requirements

Caretakers don’t usually need any special education or training. Some employers may ask for candidates with GCSEs in mathematics and English. These qualifications can also help aspiring Caretakers gain relevant apprenticeships. Someone with property maintenance or facilities services operative intermediate apprenticeship would make an excellent candidate. Candidates holding relevant Level 2 certificates are favoured. Certificates in property, caretaking and facilities services, cleaning and support service skills and support work in schools are all useful for Caretakers.

Caretaker salary expectations

According to Indeed Salaries, the average salary for a Caretaker in the UK is £10.04 per hour . Salaries vary according to experience, certification and the employer and their location.

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Caretaker job description FAQs

How can I feel confident my Caretaker is of good character?

You can ask your Caretaker for a Disclosure and Barring Service check to learn more about their character. This is an excellent idea for Caretakers working at schools, community centres or other buildings that children visit. You may like to state in your job description that employment is contingent on passing this background check.

What qualities make a good Caretaker?

Caretakers become part of the communities they work in, so they must be cheerful and approachable people. As the Caretaker is ultimately responsible for a building’s maintenance and security, they must be reliable and trustworthy. They must also be self-motivated and able to work on their own, yet just as comfortable working as part of a team as required. Good physical fitness is important, as Caretakers often need to lift and carry heavy items.

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