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The Higher Education sector and its contribution to the UK cleaning industry

Some key facts and figures about the Higher Education sector and its contribution to the UK cleaning industry.

(The following information is sourced from Universities UK; AUDE Estates Management Report 2016; Higher Education Statistics Agency and London Universities Purchasing Consortium.)

In 2014-15 there were 164 higher education providers in the UK.

In 2015-16 there were 2.28 million students studying at UK higher education institutions.

In 2015-16 there were 201,380 academic staff and 208,750 non-academic staff employed at UK universities.

Total income for the sector in 2014-15 was £33.2 billion.

Total expenditure by the sector in 2014-15 was £31.2 billion.

In 2011-12 universities across the UK generated more than £73 billion in output for the economy of which £39.9 billion contributed to UK GDP.

In 2014-15, 129 new university-owned or part-owned spin-off companies were created supporting nearly 12,500 jobs (FTE).

In 2014-15 the nett internal area of the UK universities estate was 14.3 million square metres.

Capital spending in 2014-15 on both new-build and all other capital was £2.75 billion.

The mean property costs per sq. m in 2014-15 was £98 in total with over 50% of UK universities having a total cost per sq.m of between £75 and £125.

In 2014-15 UK universities managed over 300,000 bedspaces.

In 2014/2015 the Higher Education sector spent c£235 million on non-residential and c£88.4 million on residential cleaning.  

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Whilst a breakdown of these figures is not available for all purchasing regions, a snap shot from three indicates the following spend data for 2014/2015:

Cleaning Services (including window, building external) c£71.1 million

Janitorial and Domestic Supplies and Services c£18.3 million

Cleaning/Maintenance Machines and Consumables c£4.3 million

Personal Hygiene/Vending/Washroom Supplies and Services c£1.2 million

Paper disposables c£475k

Laundry and Dry Cleaning Services, Equipment purchase and hire c£3.9 million


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