Updated: 09/01/2014 21:37

More than1,000 cleaning businesses licensed

More than1,000 cleaning businesses licensed

The National Environment Agency, NEA, says it has issued licenses to 1,001 cleaning businesses as the progressive wage model for the cleaning sector kicked in today

The majority are small businesses, with 50 or fewer cleaners.

But despite their relatively small size, NEA says these cleaning businesses have successfully met the licensing conditions which includes sending at least half of their cleaners for training and paying them progressive wages.

NEA says to date, about 33,000 cleaners from licensed businesses have been trained, higher than the 50 per cent requirement for the first year under the new licensing regime.

Over 26,000 resident cleaners in licensed cleaning businesses are being paid wages according to the Progressive Wage Model.

From today, cleaning businesses will not be allowed to operate without a valid licence.

Service buyers will also be penalised if they're found to have engaged an unlicensed cleaning business.

The list of licensed cleaning businesses is published on the NEA website.

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