Our selection of ‘hand-picked’ household staff are experienced, Interviewed, reference and DBS Checked. They are discreet, dependable, professional and exemplary… some are even trained in one of Her Majesty the Queen’s Royal Households.
Since our inception in 1996, many of our candidates have come to us through recommendation, as have most of our clients who depend on us for all their staffing needs. We only consider the most dedicated staff who demonstrate discretion and pride of place both in their chosen discipline and in their position within the household.
We are adept at placing all types of professional Household Staff. Please select from one of the categories below to get a flavour of the skills and expertise some of our high-calibre candidates can offer. Call and speak to one of our dedicated specialist consultants now on +44 (0) 207 795 6255.
Did you know in 1900 domestic service was the single largest occupation in Edwardian Britain. Of the 4m women employed, 1.5m were working in domestic service, the majority of them working single-handed in a small household.
Records show that in the 1911 Census that 800,000 families in Britain employed household staff, however, only a fifth of them had a retinue of staff more than three.
Do you know the origins of Claridges Hotel?
It was started by a Mr and Mrs Claridges who met while they worked together for many years as the Butler and Housekeeper at a smart London address. After marrying, they left their employer to start their own business which began as a superior pied-a-terre in London for good families.
Could they ever have imagined what Claridges would become…
Did you know that Butlers were expected to remain bachelors so that they could fully commit themselves to ‘their’ family. If it was revealed that they did have a wife and child while claiming to be single, they would usually be summarily dismissed.
Do you know how Her Majesty The Queen’s grocer Fortnum & Mason was started?
William Fortnum, who was a Footman at the Royal Household of Queen Anne, decided to start a sideline as a grocer. He persuaded his landlord, a Mr Hugh Mason, to partner with him.
In 1707, the first Fortnum & Mason store opened in London’s Mayfair.
By the 1850’s one in 3 females between the age of 15-20 were working in domestic service.
According to the 1871 census, included in the 1.19m listed were 93,000 cooks and 75,000 nursemaids!
At the peak, there were 1,549,502 working in private service.
We love the job, the location and our cottage. More importantly we have perfect employer.
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I had great experience dealing with Staff of Distinction, very efficient and thorough bringing excellent candidates to the selection process.
I would highly recommend Staff of Distinction. Their process from start to finish was very efficient and easy.
We have been in service for nearly 30 years, and we have used Staff of Distinction for many years … we find them always very helpful and they have placed us in some great jobs. And we would certainly use them in the future.
Our experience in finding a job through Staff Of Distinction was excellent, from the time we registered to them finding us a very nice job … the Staff there were very kind, helpful and we had no hesitation in calling them for advice and help … We would 100% recommend this Agency to anyone seeking a job, based on our experience with them.”
Our experience with Staff of distinction was brief but rewarding. Finding the listing for our position was serendipitous. We understand that it was a slightly odd position for your agency as the client required a couple with hospitality experience alongside more mainstream housekeeper/handyman roles. This did seem to be made for us so we submitted an enquiry on the Thursday. On the Friday we were contacted … and supplied further details. Monday morning we were offered an interview … Wednesday and by 8.30am Friday we had been offered the job of our dreams. I’m off to Le Manoir aux Quat’Saisons to train with their executive housekeeper next week, wouldn’t be there without your help and we have no hesitation recommending your services.
After losing my current employee, I was recommended to Staff of Distinction where I was personally consulted regarding my requirements … within a few days I had interviews lined up and the first Gentleman they introduced me to was the perfect match … Not only did they work to get this done quickly for me, but they have helped me since hiring my Ghurka …
We have been impressed by the professional and efficient service we have received from Staff of Distinction in Bath. After fully understanding our brief we were presented with a number of good candidates with references. We would use this recruitment agency again.
We would like to let everybody know how pleased we are with Staff of Distinction. Thank you for your dedication to candidates and thank you because you strive to maintain the legendary level of service and professionalism with minimal barriers to success! We are very glad to have registered with you and we highly recommend Staff of Distinction to all candidates that are seeking jobs and to all distinguished clients.
Staff of Distinction were very helpful from the minute we contacted them. They were keen to help us find new jobs and were positive about our chances. They quickly arranged to interview us and include us in their listings on the website. The staff were very friendly and kept us up to date on all the new positions coming in. We recommend this agency.
Staff of Distinction has been our favourite agency throughout the years and particularly at times when we have needed help with moving on to another position …The friendly and approachable staff makes it a pleasure when searching for a new position. We highly recommend you, thank you very much.