Yesterday I talked about what to charge for your cleaning services. I mentioned that I thought the numbers from the CM/Cleaning & Maintenance Management Magazine's annual survey seemed unrealistic. Today I read an article about a survey done by the Facility Managers Roundtable Group of FM Link, who reported the cost of custodial services in their facilities and also the custodial productivity.
The numbers in this survey were much more realistic. According to facility managers, custodial costs range from .08 cents to .16 cents per square foot. Only a handful of respondents reported above or below this range.
In addition, they also reported that the median productivity rate is 26,318 square feet per worker per day. When you divide that by 8 hours worked, the average is 3290 square feet per hour. They also mentioned that you need to look at your frequencies when determining your hourly rate. For example, how many times per week do you dust? Most respondents to this survey dusted once per week. If you are required to dust more frequently than this then your productivity rate will go down. It also means you should probably be charging more per square foot.