China’s Demand for British Butlers

China’s Demand for British Butlers

21 October 2016
Article: China’s Rich Spurring Demand for British Butlers
Source: BritCham / CBBC

Some background on China’s Demand for British Butlers:

China's Demand for British Butlers

China’s Demand for British Butlers

As wealth shifts to the East, English butlers are in demand from China’s growing wealthy elite.

Europe is struggling with a debt crisis and the U.S. is trying to revive its economy, but burgeoning growth in emerging markets is boosting spending on luxuries like never before, and creating opportunities for more people to look after them.

The ranks of millionaires in 10 major Asian economies will more than double to 2.8 million by 2015, according to a Julius Baer Group and CLSA Asia Pacific Markets report on 31st August. China’s economy grew 9.1 percent in the third quarter from a year earlier, compared with U.S. growth of 1.5 percent.

Our founder speaks on China’s Demand for British Butlers

Sara Vestin, director of Bespoke Bureau, Peek-a-boo & Cupcakes Domestic Staff & Nanny agencies in London, said her company trained 52 butlers this year, up from 20 last year, and they all got jobs. The highest paid placement was for a 101,500- pound ($158,390) salary in the United Arab Emirates, she said.

‘Win, Win’ on our Butler training to meet China’s Demand for British Butlers

“Everyone looking for a job who is accepted on the training with us, will get a job,” Vestin said in a Dec. 7 e- mail. “There are a lot of people looking to hire butlers and there is a shortage of them, so for us it’s a win, win situation,” she said.

Demand has been driven partly because of a growing number of Chinese clients needing butlers for their second homes in London.

“Asia is coming up pretty strong now,”. “We are getting lots of enquiries from these Chinese who are sitting on piles of money. They are discovering that if you spend $8 million on a villa with marble flooring, you need someone to come along who knows what they are doing.”

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