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Butler or Butler/Valet

A Butler will be more suited to a high powered employer, with a formal household. This will usually be an extremely demanding role that can only be fulfilled by an incredibly experienced and capable Butler who is proud to serve their master/employer and their family. For individual employers, a Butler can provide an excellent level of support by caring for their residence, wardrobe, schedule and general affairs.


A Butler or Butler/Valet registered at Staff of Distinction will have at least 3 years’ experience working in a similar role.


The Butler  will  be either Buckingham House Trained or will have attended a specialist Butlering School. Some even offer specialist driving skills ie Get Away Driving Skills and Awareness in the event of any unsafe or threatening situation.

Live-in salaries

Range from £530 – £600 net per week typically for an 8-10 hour day, Monday to Friday

Live-out salaries

Range from £650-£780 net per week typically for up to an 8-10 hour day, Monday to Friday


Duties can include all or most of the following depending on your requirements:


For the Principal/Family:

Handle special requests and errands

Drive the employer to the office, various appointments

Care for guests

Drive children to school

And for the Home:

Effectively manage other staff: hire, fire and train

Lock up the house when principals have arrived safely home from evening functions

Event planning and execution

Organise parties/functions at the house

Send out invitations and monitor guest lists

Organise caterers

Carry the gun at shoots

Organise shoot lunches

Co-ordinate post-event clean up and re-establish normal momentum

Formally serve at table

Care for fine art, antiques and furniture

Manage the wine cellar