Frequently Asked Questions
Contract Cleaning is Cost Effective – you might be surprised to find out that contract cleaning can work out more effective than hiring someone in-house for minimum wage! It is worth considering that an in-house cleaner requires you to pay for sickness cover, holidays cover, maternity leave and National Insurance, not to mention all the materials and equipment! By using a contract cleaning company, all of these costs are taken care of.
Contract Cleaning Saves You Time– By using contract cleaners it takes away the hassle of managing your cleaning staff, arranging last minute cover when necessary and handling any recruitment or HR issues that may arise, which enables your business to run more efficiently.
Contract Cleaning Ensures Peace of Mind– Contract cleaning companies provide all the necessary chemicals and equipment, insurances and correct training procedures to ensure you receive the full cleaning package. All of our team are experienced fully trained operatives compliant in colour coding and COSHH, and regularly receive updates on Health and Safety and cleaning practices. All sites are regularly visited and audited to maintain a high standard of service at all times.
The concept of TUPE (Transfer of Undertakings Protection of Employment) can be quite daunting to many companies unfamiliar with the process.
In simple terms, TUPE applies when a service provision change (such as cleaning) takes place, which protects the current operatives employment unless an economical, technical or organisational reason (an “ETO” reason) requires a change in the workforce.
Here at Eco Brite, we take care of the full TUPE process for you. We have a lot of experience dealing with TUPE transfers and make sure the process is as straight forward and simple as possible!
Here’s our step by step guide to what happens in a TUPE transfer between cleaning contractors!
1. When a new cleaning contractor has been appointed, they will ask the client for the current contractors details so that they may contact them directly to inform them that they will be taking over responsibility for servicing the clients site from an agreed transfer date.
2. The newly appointed contractor will then contact the current company to request details of any employees working on site that are eligible for transfer under the terms of TUPE.
3. Any eligible employees on site will be contacted notifying them of the TUPE transfer ,the contract takeover date and any ETO reason that may be applicable (such as change of working times / hours) as part of the consultation process by both the incoming and outgoing cleaning companies.
4. On the contract takeover date, the new cleaning contractor commences service with any eligible employees who will transfer over their existing terms and conditions of employment seamlessly at that time.
Although the aim of TUPE is to protect the current operatives employment, it is at the discretion of the employee if they wish to transfer to the newly appointed company. At any point within the TUPE process the employee can refuse to transfer.
Similarly, if the current employees on site work less that 50% of their total working hours with their current employers on the site in question, they are not subject to the requirements of TUPE. If the client is unhappy with the current cleaning standards on site, the new cleaning contractors can insist on employees taking part in a training program to boost their standards and skill set.