Housekeepers are some of the most important members of staff in traditional wealthy households. They clean, do laundry, ensure household items are in working order and complete a diverse range of other tasks. Here is a guide to the different kinds of nannies and housekeepers employed in UK homes. 

Live Out

Live-out housekeepers complete traditional housekeeping tasks but are not expected to live on the property of their employers. They are employed as independent contractors or as agency workers and may only be expected to be at their employer’s abode on a part-time basis. 

Live In 

Larger households may employ a housekeeper that sleeps in ‘servant’s quarters’. These professionals are available and on call throughout the day and night. The average wage for a live-in housekeeper is around 30,000 pounds per year, although more experienced professionals will be able to demand a higher price. 

Housekeeper Cook

Many housekeepers are not confined to the looking after of a property. Many families living in wealthy society choose to find a housekeeper that can cook to a professional standard. Cooking is one of the most labour-intensive of the household chores, and some wealthy people choose to eschew it altogether. Housekeepers that can cook are able to demand a higher wage than their peers that only do the housework. 

Housekeeper Nanny 

Housekeeper nannies are expected to look after the home and look after the children of the homeowners at the same time. They are expected to feed children, keep them safe, take them to and from school and enrich their lives. While the role of the housekeeper and the role of the nanny used to be very much separate, both of the jobs have experienced ‘mission creep’ into the areas previously held by the other. Nannies, for instance, are increasingly expected to clean the home and prepare meals for the family they work for. Many wealthy people that work remotely still hire housekeeper nannies because they feel unable to spend time working while completing childcare tasks. 

Most housekeeper nannies are expected to be able to drive so that they can ferry their employers’ children to and from school and social dates. 

Household Manager/ Butler 

IN extremely large and luxurious homes, the housekeeper may not be the only member of staff. An entire team of staff – including cleaners, cooks, nannies, drivers and others – may all be working under the same roof. Some senior housekeepers undergo special training to become household managers – traditionally known as butlers. Butlers need to be great at motivating people and holding them up to rigorous standards. Many butlers operate as mediators between staff members and employers, which sometimes entails a need for bilingualism. Household managers and butlers are expected to have worked as housekeepers or under butlers for many years. They need to be proficient at running events and able to serve a formal table service for their employers. Only the wealthiest homeowners feel the need to hire butlers. These senior staff members should be handsomely compensated for their often-stressful work.