A houseman is a professional staff member of a hotel responsible for a wide variety of janitorial duties, maintenance tasks and guest-related services. Housemen are also required to assist other hotel staff, such as the bellman, as needed.
It is advantageous for a houseman to possess knowledge of the commercial cleaning industry along with a familiarization with related equipment, such as buffers, sweepers and snow removal equipment, but training is usually given on the job. Additional training is often ongoing in order to keep the hotel houseman current with janitorial and guest-related skills.
The hotel houseman does not typically work a fixed schedule. The need for janitorial services is around the clock and seven days a week. Housemen must be available on weekends and on holidays. For this reason, flexibility is important attribute for the hotel houseman.
The position of houseman does not require any formal schooling, but a secondary education is favored. As of 2010, the median salary of housemen was $19,300 per year, or $9.28 per hour, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. The Bureau predicts an 8 percent increase in the number of housekeeping jobs, including houseman, house cleaners and other housekeeping services, between 2010 and 2020.