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Household Staff Guide

Bespoke Bureau Household Staff Guide

Household Staff Guide

Household Staff Guide

Needless to say, it is very easy to get confused over the many titles of domestic staff. Moreover, most roles are these days a combination of several roles. Unlike in the past when people could afford to hire one person for each role. As an example, one of the most typical combinations of domestic staff are: Mixing House Managers, Butlers, PA’s, Nannies, Drivers and Chefs. Gone are the days when people hired one staff for each role.

Household Staff Guide – our help for you

Interestingly, on this page we explain the roles and duties of each domestic job title. Of course, our agency offers a large pool of the below candidates. Moreover, they all have good references, understand the importance of discretion and are hard working.

Au pair definition – Household Staff Guide

Au pair definition

Au pair definition

So, an Au-pair might be an option for the busy mum/dad who needs an extra hand on a daily basis. As an example, a typical Au-pair is aged 18 – 27 and has an interest in childcare with a bit of experience.

Salary for the Au pair: 150-250GBP per week net

Domestic Couples/Au-pair Couples definition

Hire household couple

Hire household couple

Interestingly, Domestic Couples, whether married or in a long-term relationship, usually cover all domestic duties between them. Also, they tend to stay long term as they are working and living with you together. Another benefit is that they are often familiar with working in a private household and also experienced in all aspects of running a large informal household. Needless to say, Au Pair couples and domestic couples are a popular choice for busy family homes in the country. Impressively, the feedback from our clients is almost always very positive. Noteworthy is that in larger or more formal residences, an experienced couple will often take the roles of house manager and estate manager. This way they are providing maintenance and security of the property while you are away. A resident couple may also take care of your household pets on a daily basis.

Domestic Couple Salary: 50-70K per year gross

House Managers definition – Domestic Staff Guide

House Managers definition

House Managers definition

A HM is often in charge of one or more large households with many staff. Importantly,  he or she is the person who provides supervision to the others. Furthermore, the House Manager is responsible for the everyday running of the home/homes. Noteworthy is that he or she usually reports directly to the Lady or Gent of the property. Of course, our House Managers hold excellent managerial, operational and organisational household skills. Moreover, they have high professional standards. Some of their core duties include:

  • house and staff management.
  • staff training.
  • development of standards.
  • protocols.
  • supervising household accounts and budgeting.
  • stock-taking inventories.
  • control of supplies.
  • planning of formal entertainment.
  • managing business schedules.

House Manager salary: 50k-80k per year gross.

Butler definition – Household Staff Guide

The Butler

The Butler

Uniquely, the role of a Butler is a type of upmarket servant in a large home. Of course, he or she is to be in charge of the dining room, wine cellar and kitchen/pantry. Also, some of them also have charge of the housekeepers or the entire house and its appearance. Interestingly, a Butler is by tradition usually male but we also offer female Butlers, under Butlers and Butler trainees. Impressively, our unique British Butler Academy qualifies many great Butlers each year. Butlers thrive on providing flawless organisation and an immaculate service for you. Moreover, a Butler can combine and supervise household skills from: housekeeper, waiter, chef, valet and chauffeur through to personal assistant. Importantly, a Butler should also display excellence and aplomb across every role with charismatic refinement. Core Butler duties usually include:

  • First of all, recruiting and supervising household staff.
  • Secondly, maintaining employee records.
  • Thirdly, taking care of the household accounts.
  • Also, taking responsibility for stock control.
  • Moreover, liaising with contractors and suppliers.
  • Furthermore, menu planning.
  • Importantly, greeting and dining etiquettes.
  • Furthermore, stocking wine cellars.
  • Importantly, booking travel arrangements and other things.
  • Last but not least, caring for clothes (valeting).

Butler Salary: 35K-70k per year gross depending on the role. Sometimes more overseas.

Housekeeper definition – Household Staff Guide

Housekeeper definition

Housekeeper definition

First of all, we are super proud to be offering the markets very best housekeepers. Needless to say, a Housekeeper is a person who is hired to provide professional domestic services. Their duties are:

  • cleaning.
  • organising.
  • finishing touches.
  • laundry.
  • cooking.
  • errands.
  • Much more.

Usually only wealthy households employ full-time domestic workers such as Housekeepers. However, now also many dual-income upper and middle class families hire the services of a Housekeeper for periodic household cleaning. Considered a luxury by many, employing a full-time Housekeeper may involve providing room and board in addition to a weekly or monthly salary. A full-time Housekeeper usually does not have any involvement with children in the household. However, some of them have childcare experience and also baby sit or do nanny work.

Housekeeper salary: 30-45K per year gross

Private Chef definition – Household Staff Guide

Private chef

Private chef

Obviously, this is a real luxury but a Private Chef can make a dramatic difference to the life of a household. Needless to say, they can help generate your family’s reputation for entertaining and fine dining. Core duties usually include: menu planning, grocery purchasing, general ingredient and meal preparation, catering for parties and occasions, plus maintaining food health and safety requirements. Impressively, we have available short term, long term, emergency and yacht private Chefs available throughout the year.

Salary private chef: 50-90K per year gross

Private Chauffeur/Driver – Household Staff Guide

Chauffeurs and Drivers

Chauffeurs and Drivers

Interestingly, a qualified Chauffeur will expertly drive you through London and navigate all main routes beyond, in the UK and abroad. Of course, The Bespoke Bureau Drivers are experienced in continental driving as well. Most have completed advanced driving courses and hold British Chauffeurs Guild qualifications. Moreover, all of them hold a clean, full licence and can proficiently handle various, prestigious, performance cars including: Bentley, Rolls Royce, Jaguar, Mercedes, Aston Martin and limousines. Last but not least, we can also source security trained drivers and body guards should you require.

Private Chauffeur Salary: 30-45K per year gross

Estate Manager definition – Household Staff Guide

Estate Manager

Estate Manager

Similar to the House Manager, The Estate Manager is likely to be the most senior member of your staff. Importantly, he or she has managerial responsibility for all property and land, rather than just solely residential premises. Moreover, they usually manage multiple properties on one or more estates owned by their employer. Also, they ensure all staff are well organised and meticulously maintained. Furthermore, they will supervise and guide the collective operations of all outside event, gardening, maintenance and other ground staff plus the supervision of estate budgets and accounts. Of course, most will hold land management or farming qualifications and will have previously worked in senior positions at other large estates.

Estate Manager Salary: 55k-90k per year gross

Private Gardener definition – Household Staff Guide

Gardener

Gardener

Gardeners tend and care for all grounds around your property, preferably with the benefit of holding horticultural qualifications. Of course, many clients require gardeners that have a strong knowledge of: hosted, formal gardens and topiary, vegetable gardens, organics, herbaceous settings, woodlands, ponds and rockery, themed gardens plus swimming pool maintenance. Uniquely, they often have experience operating and maintaining garden machinery is essential.

Salary Gardener: 25k to 45k per year gross

Nannies definition – Household Staff Guide

Nanny

Nanny

Proudly, we place the markets best nannies with families across the UK and globally. Obviously, a Nanny is a person who looks after your child(ren) in your own home. Also, she or he has a genuine interest in childcare. Normally, they have some form of childcare qualification (NVQ , NNEB) or relevant experience (at least 2 years is required with us). Needless to say, the are hired to provide a stimulating, safe and positive learning environment in which your children can develop. Of course, a Nanny can be either live-in or live-out (daily) and/or specialised in Special Needs children, school aged children or even double as a Housekeeper or Tutor Nanny. Impressively, at Bespoke Bureau we also offer foreign Nannies that are often cheaper as well as junior Nannies and mother’s helpers.

Nanny salary: 35-60k per year gross.

Maternity Nurse

A Maternity Nurse is a professional child-carer who will come into your home and care for your child/children. Interestingly, we have a number of qualified and experienced Maternity Nurses registered with us. Impressively, we run the famous maternity and baby academy where nannies can get trained in baby care.

Maternity nurse salary: 700-1200GBP per week gross.

Private Personal Assistants definition – Household Staff Guide

Private assistant

Private assistant

PAs works within your home office environment. They are responsible for managing all of your organisational and administrative matters and duties usually include: running the home office; providing all secretarial skills and administrative support functions; diary management and scheduling appointments; responding to mail; managing accounts payable and expenses; organising travel arrangements; overseeing any special projects; plus organising your corporate and private entertainment.

Salary Private Assistant: 35-70k per year gross

Carer

Carer

Carer

Of course, a professional home carer is a person trained to look after someone (usually an elderly person) in their own home for varying lengths of time. Of course, some people may need help all the time and some just a few hours a day or per week.

Salary of a home carer: 30-40K per year gross

Huge selection of household staff

We have all sorts of carers available at our agency. Last but not least, contact us for more information and thank you for reading our Household staffing guide.

Thank you!

Sara Vestin Rahmani – Owner Bespoke Bureau

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