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Housekeepers

Our Housekeepers will oversee the smooth running and upkeep of the household to ensure everything is in working order. Housekeepers work mainly alone, under the direction of the Principal to undertake all cleaning and laundry duties to a high standard. A Housekeeper from our register will attend to keeping the household fully stocked with provisions including food and drinks, household cleaning goods, washing and laundry detergents. They can monitor household repairs and keep up-to-date with any servicing/maintenance to be performed by external specialists.

Experience

Housekeepers registered with Staff of Distinction will have at 3-5 years’ experience working in a private household with references to support this.

Qualifications

In terms of qualifications, there isn’t one for housekeeping as such. Many gain their experience working in a private household and may have had hotel training.  Some will have taken a part-time course at a local college to improve their cooking or baking skills.

Live-in salaries

£500-£600 net per week for an 10-12 hour day

Live-out salaries

£12-£14 net per hour for an 8-10 hour day

Housekeeper Duties, Responsibilities & Skills

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

For the Home:

Clean, dust and polish furniture

Flower arranging

Clean and sanitise rooms throughout the house

Take care of antiques

Vacuum carpets and flooring

Clean brass and silverware

Arrange and replace flowers as and when required

Care for pets including dog walking

Check all internal and external doors/gates are locked

Set and unset the alarm systems

Distribute the household post

Prepare the house for guests

And in the Kitchen:

Assist the lady of the house/Chef with food preparation

Order food and provisions online

Dispose of all kitchen waste, both organic and recycling

Laundry and Wardrobe Care:

Launder and mend clothes

Launder and press shirts

Change and launder bedding

Launder and press table linen

Replace and sew on buttons

Clean and polish shoes

Take clothing to be dry cleaned

Take shoes to be mended

Various Errands and Responsibilities:

Run errands, shop and arrange refunds

Deal with deliveries and tradesmen

Call swimming pool maintenance company

Collect newspapers/journals

Arrange electrical appliance testing

Reporting any necessary repairs or replacements

Nationalities range from, but are not limited to British, Filipina, Portuguese, Eastern European and Brazilian.  All must have the relevant work visas to be able to register with our Agency.

Do be realistic about the size of your household, the duties you require and be mindful of how long is needed for food prep, cooking and serving. We can talk through your requirements and discuss the options open to you.

FAQ’s

Housekeeping refers to managing duties within the  household including the family and household laundry.  These duties are undertaken by a housekeeper who usually works alone to ensure the smooth running of the home, reporting directly to the Principal.

Housekeeper duties include making sure the household is fully stocked with food and cleaning provisions, and coordinating any servicing or maintenance that is needed around the home.

A housekeeper will clean and dust, vacuum, take care of antiques, polish silver and take care of fine crystal, create flower arrangements, and check the home security system.

The role will require getting the house ready for guests, ordering provisions for the family home, laundering household linen and the family’s clothing. The housekeeper will run errands, walk the dog and report any necessary repairs.  

As restrictions currently allow for those who cannot carry out their work from home to go into their workplace, housekeeping has not been affected in the same ways that others may have.

However some families have decided to pay for housekeepers to arrive by taxi, or have been asked to walk to work when possible. Regular testing is not uncommon and masks are worn within homes where the housekeeper or principal is uncomfortable otherwise, and gloves will be worn to handle shared surfaces and fabrics.

Extra disinfecting to maintain that the household is as germ free/covid free as possible is essential, which is now likely to include disinfecting shopping bags and any post or packages received and deep cleans of shared spaces on a more regular basis. Anti-bacterial spray at the ready!

Housekeepers need to be highly organised, motivated and efficient with an acute understanding of how to run a home. Housekeeping requires a candidate to be very active and capable of keeping a household thoroughly clean and orderly throughout as well as displaying the utmost discretion. All clients are private individuals who expect to employ someone who is trustworthy and who values their privacy. 

Housekeepers must use their common sense to notify the principal of matters when necessary and solve problems on their own when they can in order to alleviate the strain that owning a home can have on the principal.

Housekeepers must be aware of the type of home that their skill set is best suited to, whilst some housekeepers prefer a small intimate household without any pets while another may prefer to oversee the running of a grand country home. It is crucial that a housekeeper discusses his/her preferences during their early conversations with their recruitment consultant.

Not only will a housekeeper take care of the laundry, but they will also be responsible for mending, ironing and organising it. That is unless the principal requests otherwise as some Principals prefer to organise their closets themselves. The housekeeper will take delicate items to a dry cleaning professional as well as any items that they cannot mend themselves. 

Whilst there are no rules per say, discretion, and directions on how the client prefers the home to be run or chores performed are expected. With that said, of course there will be rules for those housekeepers who live-in i.e. no guests within the home, the alarm setting times, and expectations of shared living space.

For those housekeepers who offer a combined discipline such as housekeeper/nanny, there will need to be clear outlines from the outset regarding how their time must be divided.

Housekeeping Career

A housekeeper is an extremely well respected role in the domestic staffing industry, with a long and rich history. It is housekeepers who keep some of the finest homes across the country, and indeed the world running to their full potential whilst alleviating the stress on their Principals in the process. 

Many housekeepers remain within the same household for many years and are the backbone to a smoothly run home. Nobody wants to lose an incredible housekeeper, so if you find one, be quick! 

Whilst housekeepers on our register must have at least 3+ years’ experience of working as a housekeeper in a private home, if you are an expert at organising, cleaning and take pride in running a household to the highest possible standards, then housekeeping may be the career for you.

If you dream of a family relying on you to ensure the smooth running of their home then one way to start your career as a housekeeper is by working in a 5 Star hotel as a cleaner, housekeeper or porter before moving across into private household work. Once you gain 3 years under your belt you can then get in touch with us! 

“Cleanliness is next to Godliness.”

John Wesley

 

“The objective of cleaning is not just to clean, but to feel happiness living within that environment.”                                  

Marie Kondo

Other Housekeeper Roles

Depending on the size of your household, a Housekeeper may be able to combine her duties  with another discipline such as cooking or childcare but this comes with a caveat. That is to say, if asked if we can place a HK/Cook/Nanny, we find that, firstly they will have to juggle three disciplines, and secondly, those who are excellent at all three will command a higher salary. A HK who is a good solid Cook can supervise older children, in that she can be in the household at the same time while the parents are out, but she won’t be a specialist nanny or have the time to assist with homework. If you are keen to combine all three disciplines, we would recommend that you consider the role as being described as HK/Family Cook/occasional childcare to include babysitting which emphasises the role’s priority.

Head Housekeeper

A Head Housekeeper will have a minimum of  5+ years’ experience in a similar position and will perform their duties with meticulous attention to detail.  She will, however, take on a more senior role and is likely to oversee a team of Housekeepers, ensuring their duties are discharged properly and that they fulfil their roles, with method, skill and timeliness. It will be the Head Housekeeper’s responsibility to coordinate the welfare, training and payroll of domestic staff. The Head Housekeeper could possibly undertake the school runs for children aged 5 years and older but this should be discussed with your consultant when giving the job spec.

Housekeeper/Cook

Depending on your household, you may wish to employ a Housekeeper who can cook. They range from those who can provide plain/simple dishes and/or family cooking to Dinner Party standard.  We have placed HK/Cooks who can cook to a high culinary standard for up to 8 while others can turn their hand to Formal Dinner Parties for 10 and hot/cold buffets for 16.

Duties may include general Housekeeping duties as listed above along with the following:

Light simple/plain meals

Good family fare

Food preparation (assisting mother or the Cook/Chef)

Dinner party/Event cooking

Preparing and serving breakfast, lunch and dinner. Clearing away, tidying and cleaning the kitchen and rooms where food is served.

Presenting menus for approval and discussing daily requirements with employer, house manager or butler.

Undertaking the grocery shopping and maintaining accounts and budgets

Placing orders for kitchen supplies

Maintaining stock control

Ensuring refrigerator is clean and out-of-date items discarded

Housekeeping Fascinating Fact

By the 1850’s one in 3 females between the age of 15-20 were working in domestic service

Staff

Housekeeper/Nanny

Housekeeping duties combined with childcare.  This is a super option for a family who wishes to have one member of staff who is a good all-rounder with the house and who will also help look after children. This largely depends on the size of the house, number of children and their ages and the parents’ day to day routine. Some families employ a daily Housekeeper who may do the heavy cleaning once or twice a week to assist. 

Sole and shared childcare and babysitting

Cooking nutritious meals for their charges 

Supervise/assist with homework

School runs if she drives 

Before you begin your search, it is incredibly important to discuss your primary expectations with your consultant. For younger children, you may feel that the primary focus will be childcare with a little housekeeping on the side, whereas for school aged children the main role may be the Housekeeping.

Housekeeper/Companion

Housekeepers who can accompany or drive their employer to various appointments and events, travel with and generally assist with everyday living for the employer to enjoy independent living in the comfort of their own home.

Assist with everyday tasks and provide companionship

Shopping for weekly essentials and running general errands

Accompanying on special and regular outings

Cooking and sharing meals

Light domestic support such as cleaning, laundry, care of pets

Light gardening duties

Participating in hobbies and crafts

Helping with travel arrangements and accompanying to appointments

Assisting with correspondence and paperwork

Housekeeper/Family PA

Housekeeping combined with organised and efficient administration skills. Our Family PA’s will run the family’s diary both social and for the individual childrens’ school. Keeping on top of your childrens’ school appointments and events. This position could include the school runs driving children to school and back and your consultant will help you iron out the details.

Booking appointments

Arranging couriers, travel and childcare

Be computer literate including Excel

Managing calendar

Running errands

Use initiative, read the needs of the family’s requirements in advance

Wardrobe and vanity care

Take care of pets

If you are unsure of the type of person that would suit your household, do telephone us on 01225 484 190 and we will talk through your requirements and discuss the sort of candidate that would fit into your household and their salary expectations.

Latest Housekeeper Jobs

Location:
Devon
Salary:
£35kgpa
Start Date:
ASAP

Live in Housekeeper sought for role near Tiverton, Devon. The property is a 17th century farmhouse with 3 bedrooms. It is a part time home to a laid back, single principal and his 2 dogs. Duties to include house sitting as the principle is away for work Monday – Thursday, general housekeeping, pet care and laundry. The ideal candidate will be independent, happy to muck in where needed and help with additional duties such as mowing the lawn, washing the car and occasional driving – a car is provided on duty. The chosen candidate will be proactive, fit and flexible. The principals next door neighbour may also require assistance with housekeeping duties. A 1-bedroom cottage is provided for accommodation. Suitable for pets, regrettably no partners. Hours: Mon-Fri 8-10 hours per day with occasional weekends arranged in advance. ASAP start. Salary: £35kgpa.

Ref no: J36589

Location:
Kensington
Salary:
£600pwn-£800pwn
Start Date:
ASAP

Tagalog speaking Daily Housekeeper sought in Kensington. The large property is home to a single principle. The principles 3 children visit every other week and two Nannies are employed. Role duties will include; all cleaning, polishing, laundry, maintaining the house, dealing with contractors and serving at dinner parties. Light cooking also required. The ideal candidate will have VIP experience, attention to detail and be flexible. This is a fantastic opportunity for someone looking to secure a long term role in a busy household. Hours: Monday – Friday 50 hours per week, with flexibility to work occasional weekends, with time off during the week. Salary: £600pwn-£800pwn dependent on experience. Interviews to commence ASAP for an urgent start.

Ref no: J36566

Location:
Chelsea, London
Salary:
£12phn-£14phn (Up to £39,385gpa)
Start Date:
ASAP

Child friendly and proactive daily Housekeeper sought in Chelsea. The 4 bedroom property is home to an informal family of 4, including G7 years and B10 months. Role duties will include; all cleaning, laundry, dealing with contractors and running errands. A Nanny is employed, however the chosen Housekeeper must be child friendly as in the future the role may develop into a Nanny/ HK position. The family also have a Labrador, so the Housekeeper must be pet friendly. Some light cooking may be required, the family eat healthily and there would be simply recipes to follow. This is a long term position and would suit an individual who is very active (as the property has 4 floors), hardworking, reliable and caring towards children. Hours: Monday – Friday 10am – 6pm. Help for a few hours on an occasional Saturday may be required. Salary between £12phn-£14phn (Up to £39,385gpa) dependent on experience. Interviews to commence right away for an ASAP start.

Ref no: J36564

Location:
Denham, Uxbridge
Salary:
£32,000gpa
Start Date:
PLACED

NOW PLACED BY STAFF OF DISTINCTION

Daily Housekeeper sought in Denham, Uxbridge. Large property and home to a couple. Typical duties will include cleaning, laundry and antique care. A full time chef is employed, however on their day off, you may be required to heat up a meal or prepare something light. The principles have a second property in central London; the chosen candidate may also be required to work there for 1 day each week. The chosen candidate will be extremely proactive and have good initiative. Hours: Monday – Friday, 35-40 hours per week. Due to the location of the property, a driver would be a huge bonus. Role to commence ASAP. Salary: £32,000gpa.

Ref no: J36559

Location:
Sandhurst, Berkshire
Salary:
£30kgpa
Start Date:
PLACED

NOW PLACED BY STAFF OF DISTINCTION

Live in Housekeeper sought in Sandhurst, Berkshire. The large, part time residence is home to a couple whom tend to visit for 10 days each month. Role duties will include; laundry, ironing, general cleaning, some maintenance when required and arranging of contractors. This is a relaxed house household and the principles are very informal. The current Housekeeper has been employed for an impressive 15 years! This position would suit an individual who is independent, happy to work mainly on their own, is proactive and a great all-rounder. A one bedroom flat with its own entrance will be provided with all bills included. Weekend gardeners are employed. Due to the location, a driver is essential. Hours: Monday – Friday 9am – 5pm. Salary: £30,000gpa. Interviews to commence right away for an ASAP start.

Ref no: J36551

Location:
Kensington
Salary:
£13-£15phn (Up to £30,447gpa)
Start Date:
ASAP

Part time Housekeeper/Cook sought in Kensington. The modern apartment is home to an informal family of 3. All housekeeping duties required including cleaning, ironing, laundry and healthy vegetarian cooking. The family currently employ a maternity nurse. The ideal housekeeper should be reliable, easy-going and efficient. Hours: Monday – Friday 12noon – 6pm. Role to commence ASAP. Salary between £13-£15phn (Up to £30,447gpa) dependent on experience.

Ref no: J36539

Location:
Girvan, Scotland
Salary:
£30kgpa+
Start Date:
May 2021

Live in Housekeeper/Cook sought for role in a Girvan, South West Scotland. The family seek a passionate individual who enjoys variety and takes pride in their work and their environment. Primary duties include; meal planning, cooking healthy meals to a high standard, catering for dinner parties, baking, ordering provisions, household management and liaising with contractors. Housekeeping and cleaning will be required to a high standard including table laying, plating, washing up, laundry and security. Other duties will include babysitting, pet care and driving. The position is full time but very seasonal in nature and only very busy for short periods at a time. Hours: based on a five-day working week, with time given off in lieu during seasonal peak demand. Hours when principles are in residence (3 weeks in August and very adhoc throughout the year) will be 8am – 8pm (including weekends, days off during the week). Lots of downtime when not in residence and shorter hours. Accommodation provided is a 2 bedroom cottage or family home. Pets, partners and children are welcome. Interviews to commence ASAP for a May start. Salary: £30kgpa+ negotiable dependant on experience.

Job ref: J36531

Location:
Weybridge
Salary:
£2300pmn (£37,010gpa)
Start Date:
ASAP

Live in Housekeeper sought for role in Weybridge. The property is home to an informal family of 3 and has 6 bedrooms. A PA, gardener and driver are also employed. Duties to include; cleaning, laundry, unloading food deliveries and meeting contractors. The chosen Housekeeper will be required to occasionally travel to their second home in central London and carry out some light Housekeeping duties. A driver would be a bonus. Accommodation provided is a private cottage on the estate with all utilities paid. Hours: Mon-Fri, 8 hours a day and a shorter day on a Saturday. Role to commence ASAP. Salary £2300pmn (£37,010gpa).

Ref no: J36522

Location:
Bath
Salary:
Negotiable
Start Date:
ASAP

Daily or Live in Housekeeper sought for down to earth and informal family of 4 near Bath. The role will be primarily housekeeping based; all cleaning, washing, ironing. Some afterschool childcare duties required a couple of days a week and during school holidays. Experience with property management would also be a bonus as the family have some holiday lets. The chosen candidate should be friendly, reliable, with a pro-active and muck-in attitude. If Live-In, accommodation provided will be a private cottage, all bills included. Pets and partners are welcome. Working hours will be 8:30am – 5:30pm 4 week days (days off being Saturday, Sunday and a day in the week). A driver is essential and the role is to commence as soon as the right person has been found. For live in: £35kgpa and live out: £13phn (Salaries are negotiable dependent on experience). If the chosen candidate would like to work overtime, there will be an opportunity to work an additional 4 hours per week. Role to commence as soon as the right person has been found.

Ref no: J36450

Location:
Devon
Salary:
Up to £35kgpa
Start Date:
PLACED

NOW PLACED BY STAFF OF DISTINCTION

Experienced and loyal live in Housekeeper sought to maintain a large 9 bedroom family home in North Devon. Well staffed estate situated in a rural location. All housekeeping duties required, ensuring that the house is kept to a consistently 5* standard. Running local errands, shopping, house security, washing, ironing, wardrobe management (ensuring everything is well organised and tidy), on occasions looking after and entertaining the 3 children (all of school age). Child and pet friendly essential (family have 4 dogs). The chosen candidate must be motivated in their work and enjoy keeping the residence in a pristine and very organised condition. A good team spirit is required and so is knowledge of how to care for fine furniture. Hours: Thursday – Monday (9am – 6pm, with 1 hour for lunch). Accommodation: separate and spacious one bedroomed apartment (all bills included). Driver required, car provided whilst on duty. Role to commence as soon as the right person has been found. Salary: up to £35,000gpa.

Ref no: J36260