Caretakers are responsible for looking after buildings such as hotels, office blocks, flats or shopping centres and maintaining them in a clean and orderly condition. They ensure that the air-conditioning, boilers, and facilities are kept in good working order.

The caretaker is also responsible for supervising: cleaning of hallways, stairs and offices; emptying of waste-paper bins and garbage collection; painting; plumbing repairs; electrical wiring; replacing air-conditioner filters; notifying management of the need for major repairs or additions to lighting, heating and ventilation equipment; mowing lawns and trimming hedges and shrubs.

In addition to these general maintenance duties, the caretaker is responsible for cautioning tenants regarding complaints about excessive noise, disorderly conduct, or misuse of property. They also advertise vacancies and show flats and offices to prospective tenants.

Personal Requirements

  • responsible
  • integrity
  • good supervisory and organisational skills
  • interpersonal and communication skills
  • firm but friendly

How to Enter

Schooling & School Subjects

No specific requirements

What to Study

Experience and knowledge are gained through in-service training. However, previous training and experience in a trade, such as a plumber, electrician, etc. or experience in a supervisory or managerial position, would be advantageous.


  • companies that own office blocks
  • hotels
  • owners of residential accommodation blocks
  • holiday flats and cottages
  • self-employment, some caretakers look after several buildings on a freelance basis

Further Information

Any of the above potential employers

Getting Started

  • make an appointment to speak to a caretaker about this type of occupation.
  • try to obtain part-time or vacation work as a helper to a caretaker

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