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Housekeepers

Larger homes and individuals with busy lives may require the assistance of a housekeeper to ensure the smooth running of their home. Whether it is keeping the property clean and in order, the fridge fully stocked, or overseeing the general domestic maintenance of the property, the housekeeper will use her many years’ experience of working within private homes to ensure her employers are living comfortably and able to focus their attention on their family and their enterprises.

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

Countryside – £550 net per week PLUS for an 10-12 hour day

London – £600 net per week PLUS for an 10-12 hour day

Live-out salaries

Countryside – £13 net per hour PLUS for an 8-10 hour day

London – £14-£15 net per hour PLUS 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:
Gloucestershire
Salary:
£65,000 - £70,000gpa
Start Date:
Flexible

Domestic Couple sought in Gloucestershire(GL18).  Home to a mature, single employer, the successful Couple should be very trustworthy,  friendly and a proactive nature. Role duties will include; laundry, bed making, general tidying, food shopping and running errands. The principle is a keen cook, however assistance with meal preparation will be required. Other duties will include light gardening and maintenance of the main property and the principles rental properties. A part time gardener is employed for 1 day a week. Due to the location, at least one driver is essential. This position would suit a Couple who has a love for the outdoors. Accommodation; initially. will be a self-contained flat with separate entrance. There is a 3 bedroom cottage for the Couple, however a new kitchen will be fitted before the Couple move in. Both children and pets are very welcome. Hours: 40 hours a week, with flexibility to work a few hours on a Saturday morning. Salary: £65,000gpa – £70,000gpa. Interviews to commence right away for a soon as possible start.

Ref no: 32620

Job code: 32605AD
Location:
Hamburg, Germany
Salary:
£5000-£6000pmn
Start Date:
ASAP

Exciting opportunity for a Housekeeper/Cook & Gardener/Maintenance Domestic Couple based in Hamburg, Germany. The well-presented six bedroom property home to the two principles and their two grown up children who come and go. The principles seek a hands on, reliable couple to join them a long term basis – the most recent Couple were employed for an impressive 15 years! The Housekeeper/Cook will be responsible for all cleaning, family style cooking and occasionally up to 6 at a dinner party, home organising and shopping. A daily cleaner is also employed to help with the cleaning and laundry. The Gardener will be responsible for looking after herbaceous borders and lawns together with general garden maintenance, small repairs and occasional driving. A part time gardener is also employed to assist. Driving licenses essential as is knowledge of English and willingness to learn German. Working hours are Monday-Friday 8am-5pm. Accommodation provided is private apartment with separate entrance and access to the garden. Regrettably not suitable for pets or dependents. Salary on offer from £5000-£6000per month net depending on experience. Interviews to commence right away for a soon as possible start.

Ref no: 32605

Location:
Salary:
Start Date:

We are inundated with clients, both returning and new, looking for that all-special Housekeeper!

Do ensure you fulfil our criteria which is that we require 3+ years’ experience working as a Housekeeper within a private household, super references and an up-to-date DBS.

Remember, we never advertise all our positions and will only give those Housekeepers registered with us access to opportunities both advertised and those not advertised.

As always all applications are confidential.

Please telephone us ASAP: 020 7795 6220 or send an email to staff@imperialstaff.com

We look forward to being of service to you all!

With best wishes from

The Staff of Distinction Team

Job code: 32607AD
Location:
West Malling, Kent
Salary:
£18phg (£28,080gpa)
Start Date:
May/June

Daily Housekeeper sought for near West Malling, Kent. The property is home to a mature couple and their two small dogs. The successful candidate will be responsible for all housekeeping duties including laundry, running of errands, general cleaning, dog walking and dog/ house sitting throughout the year which will be paid in addition to the salary at £100 per day over a weekend and £75 per day during the week. Due to the location of the property, a driver is essential. Hours: Monday – Friday working 30 hours a week, the principles are flexible with what days and hours are worked. There will be an option for the candidate to be self-employed if this is a preferred. Salary on offer up to £18phg/ £28,080gpa. Package as a whole can be flexible and negotiable. Interviews to commence right away for a May/June start.

Ref no: 32607

Job code: 32618AD
Location:
Bath, BA1
Salary:
Up to £30,797gpa
Start Date:
June 2022

Daily Housekeeper sought for a part time position in central Bath (BA1). The property is home to an informal and friendly family of 4 with two children, ages 8 and 10. They have also got 2 cats. The successful candidate will be responsible for all Housekeeping duties including cleaning, ironing, laundry, organising and assisting with light meal preparation. The successful candidate should be productive and have good initiative. Working 30 hours per week (3x 10 hour days), the principles are flexible on which days are worked. Interviews to commence right away for a June start. Salary between £13phn – £15phn (up to £30,797gpa) dependent on experience.

Ref no: 32618

Job code: 32590AD
Location:
Bath, BA2
Salary:
£13-£15phn
Start Date:
ASAP

NOW PLACED BY STAFF OF DISTINCTION

Daily Housekeeper sought for long-term role in Bath (BA2). The property is home to a family of 5 with young children and 1 cat. A part time nanny is also employed. You will be replacing the previous housekeeper of 5 years. The successful candidate will be responsible for all housekeeping duties including cleaning, laundry, organising, and care of antiques. Help with food preparation required for dinner parties (e.g peeling potatoes!).The ideal candidate will be child friendly and have experience managing a large home. A driver would be a bonus but is not essential. Working Monday – Friday 40-50 hours per week to suit the successful candidate. A half day on a Friday is also possible! Interviewing now for an ASAP start. Salary on offer of £13-£15phn (Up to £56,224gpa based on working 50 hours at top end of salary).

Ref no: 32590

Location:
South Kensington, SW7
Salary:
£15phn/£802.50pwn (£61,081gpa)
Start Date:
ASAP

NOW PLACED BY STAFF OF DISTINCTION

Daily Housekeeper sought for role in South Kensington (SW7). The property is home to an informal family with children aged 6 to 16 years old. The home is fully staffed household with a full time Nanny, Driver, Chef and weekend nanny/housekeeper. The successful candidate will be responsible for all housekeeping duties including cleaning, changing beds, laundry, silver polishing, shoe polishing, basic sewing, food shopping, running errands and sweeping of front and back garden. You will also be required to do the school drop off and pick up once a week (5 min walk) for 2 children. The ideal candidate will be child friendly, a dynamic team player with lots of energy. A driver would be a bonus but is not essential. Working hours: Monday & Friday 8am-7pm and Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday 8am-6.30pm, there will be rest breaks during the day. Interviewing now for an ASAP start. Salary on offer of £15phn/£802.50pwn (£61,081gpa). Interviewing now for an ASAP start.

 

Ref no: 32602

Location:
Hampshire
Salary:
Live out £13phn/ Live in £600pwn+
Start Date:
PLACED

NOW PLACED BY STAFF OF DISTINCTION

Daily or Live In Housekeeper sought by the coast near Southampton. The beautiful friendly staffed estate is home to a family with 3 young children and various animals including dogs, cats, horses and chickens. It is important that the chosen candidate is child and pet friendly. Housekeeper duties to include general housekeeping and making healthy, simple snacks and family meals using fresh ingredients on the estate. It is possible for the principles to hire a separate Chef for assistance. There is opportunity to get involved other things on the Estate such as events if the candidate has an interest in this. Driver essential, car provided on duty. Working a 50 hour week over 5 days with 2 consecutive days off. For live in candidates, accommodation provided is a 2 bedroom cottage on the estate with kitchen, bathroom and small garden. Small pets considered. ASAP start. Salary on offer of £13phn+ for daily candidates and £600pwn (£43,228gpa) for live in, negotiable dependent on experience.

Job ref: 32518

Location:
Hampstead, London
Salary:
600- £650 per week net up to (£46,697gpa)
Start Date:
PLACED

NOW PLACED BY STAFF OF DISTINCTION

Live in, hands on Head Housekeeper sought in Hampstead, NW3. Home to a friendly, informal family with three daughters aged 18/16/11 (and two cats). The perfect candidate should excel in terms of their attitude, experience and skills, and should want to look after the family and the home as if it was their own. There are support staff who cover some daily/weekly heavy duty cleaning/ironing work. There are two long term live out/part-time housekeepers working daily either mornings/weekends, as well as a gardener, PA, and maintenance staff that the successful candidate will need to interface with – so teamwork is essential. Role duties will include: meal planning for a healthy and varied diet (mainly Mediterranean and Asian style) family cooking and restocking. Ensure housekeeping & cleaning & laundry maintenance is to a high standard. Regular overnight duty to ‘chaperone’ the very mature and sensible 16 and 11 year olds when both parents travel, regular driving in London to/from school or activities. Organisational thinking and can do attitude, ability to use PC, write meal plans, use online ordering/shopping, run errands, plan for the household and assist the lady of the house is essential. Teamwork with and organisation of tasks in cooperation with various other staff is key. The family own a second residence in France (beach side) and the Housekeeper is expected to travel and work in this property for ca 4-8 weeks/year. Driver essential, car provided whilst on duty. Accommodation provided within the home: Private Studio that consists of a bedroom, ensuite bathroom and kitchen with all appliances. Hours: Monday – Friday 45 hours per week, with some flexibility. Interviews to commence right away for a flexible start date. This position offers long term employment with a kind and generous family. Salary: £600- £650 per week net up to (£46,697gpa).

Ref no: 32465

Location:
Chippenham, SN15
Salary:
Up to £15phn
Start Date:
PLACED

NOW PLACED BY STAFF OF DISTINCTION

Part Time, live out Housekeeper/Cook sought for role near Chippenham (SN15). The property is home to a couple with a young child and have a baby due in summer. The chosen candidate will be responsible for general housekeeping including cleaning, laundry and ironing, shopping and organising the home. You must also be confident to prepare lunch and dinner for the family who follow a healthy diet with lots of vegetables (lunch can often be heated up leftovers). Although no child or dog care duties are required, the Housekeeper must be child and pet friendly. The ideal candidate will be hardworking, enthusiastic and reliable. A driver with own car is essential due to the rural location, fuel costs will be covered for things like food shopping etc. Working 30 hours per week over 3 days – ideally Monday, Wednesday, Friday but this could be flexible. Salary up to 15phn (£30,447.43gpa) dependent on experience. Interviewing now for an ASAP start.

Ref no: 32506

Location:
Towchester, Northamptonshire
Salary:
Up to £60kgpa
Start Date:
PLACED

NOW PLACED BY STAFF OF DISTINCTION

Housekeeper & Gardner/driver/maintenance couple sought for a family in Towcester, Northamptonshire. The large weekend residence is set over 40 acres. The family have 4 children aged 16-24 years who visit occasionally. A pet friendly couple is sought as the family have a dog and cat. A couple who are hardworking and reliable will be suited for this position to take care of a variety of duties inside the home such as housekeeping, cleaning, ironing and helping with dinner party prep, family style cooking is a bonus but not essential. Other duties will include dog walking and sitting when the family are away. For the partner will involve some driving, helping in the garden, strimming lawns and general maintenance inside and outside. A keen gardener is essential, as well as being fit and energetic as heavy lifting as well as machine maintenance and knowledge of use of chainsaw/strimmer is required.  A gardener is employed once a week for additional help. The Principles travel to Italy during the summer and will require the Housekeeper to go with them for approx. 5 – 10 days to assist in their Italy home. There will ideally be 1 driver and a car is provided on duty for work purposes only. Accommodation provided is a private 2 bedroom semi-detached dwelling away from the house with small garden. Regrettably not suitable for pets and dependents. The couple will be required to work 40 hours a week, across 5 days. Occasional weekends 1 or 2 a month (agreed in advance),with time off given in lieu. Salary up to £60,000gpa dependent on experience. Interviews to commence right away for an ASAP start.

Ref no: 32246

Location:
Totteridge, N20
Salary:
£15phn, £48,729gpa
Start Date:
PLACED

NOW PLACED BY STAFF OF DISTINCTION

Daily Housekeeper sought in Totteridge (N20). Home to family of four, including two children aged 6(G) and 4(B). The successful candidate will be responsible for all general housekeeping including cleaning, laundry, running errands, putting away shopping and assisting with some food preparation. The principles would like the Housekeeper to be child friendly, occasional help with doing a school run may be asked. This position would suit someone who is trustworthy and proactive. A driver would be a bonus but is not essential. Hours: Mon & Fri 7.15am-5.15pm, Tue 8am-2.30pm, Wed & Thu 8am-5.15pm, total 45 hours a week. For 16 weeks of the year, the hours can change to an 8am start. Salary: £15phn, £675pwn (£48,729gpa). Interviews to commence ASAP for a mid February start.

Ref no: 32378

Location:
Bath
Salary:
£13-£15phn (up to £30,447gpa)
Start Date:
PLACED

NOW PLACED BY STAFF OF DISTINCTION

Fantastic opportunity for part time Housekeeper in central Bath. Return client of Staff of Distinction, the property is home to a lovely family of 5. Role duties will include; cleaning, laundry, general organising and running of errands. Some family cooking may be required, possible sewing and ironing. The principles seek someone who is trustworthy, hardworking and reliable. The working hours will be Monday, Wednesday and Friday 10 hours per day. Salary: £13-£15phn (up to £30,447gpa) dependent on experience. Interviews to commence ASAP for a soon as possible start.

Job ref: 32105