Job type

Highways cleaner

£14k - £17k

Typical salary

37 – 42

Hours per week

Highways cleaners keep footpaths, green spaces and streets clean, and deal with litter, graffiti, and other items left by the public.

More info

  • Help keep roads and streets clean and tidy using specialist cleaning equipment
  • Physical work where you may be outdoors in all weathers
  • You'll often start work early, but finish earlier in the day as a result

As a highways cleaner, you'll usually work as part of a team responsible for a particular area of a town or city.


  • Cleaning vehicles, machines, and hand tools such as brushes
  • Clearing drains and gullies
  • Using a pressure washer to clean paved areas
  • Removing litter, graffiti and fly posters
  • Using specialist machines to remove chewing gum from pavements
  • Cleaning equipment at the end of each day


You working environment may be physically demanding, outdoors in all weathers, and protective clothing might be required.

You'll need

This role would be ideal for someone with customer service skills, thoroughness and attention to detail, knowledge of public safety and security, building and construction, the ability to work well with others, initiative, to use, repair and maintain machines and tools, and to operate and control equipment.

There are no set requirements for this job, but you could start by doing an intermediate apprenticeship in cleaning and environmental support services.

You can apply directly for jobs - a driving licence may be required in order to operate road sweeping vehicles.


With qualifications and experience you could progress to become a supervisor or manager.