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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

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

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:
Kensington
Salary:
£750pwn/ £55,271gpa
Start Date:
ASAP

Daily Housekeeper/Cook sought for role in Kensington (W8). The 5-bedroom property is home to a family of five with three children and a small, friendly dog. Main duties to include; general housekeeping, cleaning, laundry, ironing, family cooking and some pet care duties. Flexibility is key to help with additional duties as required. The chosen candidate will be child friendly and willing to care for the youngest child whilst Mum is busy. The family would love a hard-working and discreet candidate to stay in the role long term. Driver preferred, car provided on duty. Working Mon-Fri 50 hours per week. Salary: £750pwn/ £55,271gpa. Interviewing now for an ASAP start.

Ref no: 32380

Location:
Abbots Leigh, BS8
Salary:
Up to £36,541gpa
Start Date:
ASAP

Daily Housekeeper/House Manager sought for role in Abbots Leigh (BS8). The 5-bed property is home to a mature couple and their two Labradors. The chosen candidate will be responsible for the entire running of the estate, to ensure that standards are upheld, that all areas are attended to. You will be required to undertake cleaning and upkeep of the house, lodge, swimming pool and surrounding areas as directed to ensure that all rooms are kept in a clean and hygienic state. Need to have good management skills and will be responsible for the Groundsman, Gardeners, external window cleaners and any other contractors on site. You will also be responsible for a set of keys and for ensuring the security and integrity of all areas. The ideal candidate will have good time keeping, planning and organisation skills with the flexibility required for a busy household. Driver essential. Hours: 30 – 35 hours per week, salary £15phn (up to £36,541gpa).  Interviewing now for an ASAP start.

Ref no: 32421

Location:
St John's Wood
Salary:
£14phn (Up to £39,385gpa)
Start Date:
ASAP

Daily Housekeeper sought for role in St Johns Wood (NW8). Home to a family of four with two teenage children. The chosen candidate will be responsible for all housekeeping, laundry, ironing, cleaning and helping the principals with food preparation. You will be responsible for the daily walking, feeding and grooming of the family Labradoodle, plus dog-sitting when the family are not in residence. The perfect candidate will have a good eye for detail and a can-do, hardworking attitude. A candidate with experience in a similar environment is essential in order to work to high standards and use initiative. Hours: Mon-Fri approx. 9am – 5pm but hours can be flexible. Later finish required on occasion when family are entertaining. Interviewing now for an ASAP start, with handover and training from current Housekeeper. Salary £14phn (Up to £39,385gpa).

Ref no: 32382

Location:
Oxfordshire
Salary:
£600pwn (£42,635gpa)
Start Date:
ASAP

Live In Housekeeper/Cook sought for role in Oxfordshire (OX7). The large property is home to a family of four with young children. The family also employ a nanny, gardener and part time cleaner so a good team player is essential. Daily duties will include; general housekeeping, cleaning, laundry, grocery shopping, running errands and family cooking. A confident cook is required to prepare all meals for the family and cater for guests on occasion. The ideal candidate will be proactive and flexible with a muck-in, can-do attitude. Driver with use of own car essential. Working Thu-Mon, 10 hours per day, managing your own time and using initiative to complete all duties. Accommodation provided is a private, 2-bed cottage within the grounds of the main property. All utilities included, regret not suitable for partners/dependants, pets considered. Interviewing now for an ASAP start. Salary on offer of up to £600pwn (£42,635gpa).

Ref no: 32387

Location:
Pimlico, SW1V
Salary:
£600pwn
Start Date:
ASAP

Live in Housekeeper sought for role in Pimlico (SW1V). The 4-bedroom townhouse is home to a family of four with two teenage children. The family have a small dog so the chosen candidate must be pet friendly. Working alongside a part time, live out Housekeeper, your main duties will include; cleaning, laundry, ironing, shopping and cooking. A confident cook is required to prepare breakfast and dinner for the family. Experience caring for silver and other fine furnishings is essential. The ideal candidate will be fit and energetic, able to manage their own time and use initiative to complete duties. Driver bonus, car provided on duty. Accommodation provided is a private bedroom and bathroom, fully furnished with all utilities paid. Regret not suitable for pets/dependants. Working Mon-Fri, 40+ hours pw. Option to work additional hours on a Saturday. ASAP start. Salary of £600pwn on offer.

Ref no: 32390

Location:
Essex
Salary:
£15phn
Start Date:
ASAP

Live In or Daily Housekeeper/Cook sought in Essex (CM16), the property is home to a family of four with two grown up children. The chosen candidate must be pet friendly as the family have a dog. Role duties will include; all housekeeping, cleaning, ironing, laundry, running of errands and cooking of lunch and dinner. You must be a confident cook, experienced in catering for a healthy diet and preparing diabetes-friendly healthy foods. This role would seek an individual who is honest, hardworking and punctual. Driver essential. Accommodation provided is a 1 bedroom flat attached to the main property, fully-furnished with all utilities included. Not suitable for dependants/pets. Working 5 days per week to include either Sat/Sun. Full time, 40+ hours pw, with approx. 9am start. Salary of up to £15phn on offer. Interviewing now for an ASAP start!

Ref no: 32385

Location:
SW7
Salary:
Competitive
Start Date:
ASAP

Live in Housekeeper/Nanny/Cook sought in SW7. Home to a lovely family of four with two children ages B4, and G14 and a new baby due in May 2022. The role will be split between the families London home and during most half term/bank holidays at their countryside home (1 hour train journey from central London). The role will involve all general housekeeping duties including cleaning, laundry and cooking for the family. The successful candidate must be a confident cook and have experience cooking for allergies and intolerances. Childcare duties will include general nursery duties, arranging activities for the children, developing, maintaining routines and when possible, helping with school drop offs. You will be required to look after antiques, fine fabrics and silver, so experience handling these items is highly desirable. There are currently other staff employed including 2 daily housekeepers so working as part of a team is essential. The successful candidate will be responsible, reliable and flexible. Must be able to use own initiative and be a self-starter. Live-in experience essential. Accommodation provided is own separate house in both London and the countryside. Regretfully not suitable for partners or pets. Hours: Monday-Friday, 12hrs per day with regular breaks during the day. Must be pet friendly as family have 2 dogs. A driver would be a bonus. A competitive salary on offer for the right person depending on experience. Interviews to commence right away for an ASAP start.

Ref no: 32358

Location:
Elgin, Scotland
Salary:
£12phg (£18,720gpa)
Start Date:
ASAP

Part Time Housekeeper sought in Elgin, Scotland. The large property is home to a family of five with three young children. Duties will include all cleaning, tidying, ironing, laundry and occasional assisting the principles with meal preparation. A gardener is also employed. The successful candidate should be pet friendly as the family have a dog, rabbit and gecko. Driver essential due to rural location. The hours will be Monday – Friday 8am-2pm. Interviews to commence right away for a soon as possible start. Salary on offer: £12phg (£18,720gpa)+ dependent on experience.

Ref no: 32290

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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