Domestic staff, also often referred to as helpers, commonly cover a range of household positions and may be responsible for tasks such as cleaning, maintenance and care. A domestic worker is therefore predominantly home-based and may be employed by an individual, family or private agency. Due to the nature of the roles involved, recruitment agencies that address domestic job vacancies will usually receive a high volume of employer approaches for temporary and contract requirements. They will also fill permanent vacancies.
What do domestic staff earn?
Salaries for domestic staff will depend on the role and the employer. An Au-Pair may only command weekly earnings of £75, whereas a house or estate manager could earn in excess of £50K per annum. More typical earnings for permanent jobs will range from £21K-£35K.
What qualifications are required?
In the majority of cases, academic qualifications won't be required for domestic helpers, however employers will look for candidates who display a strong work ethic, reliability and punctuality. Previous experience in the role is also favoured by employers looking to hire helpers. In some environments, health and safety and manual handling certificates will be needed. Recruiters and employers will also make sure that candidates have relevant DBS clearance.
Need a recruitment agency?
When recruiting domestic staff, employers may choose to approach an agency with expertise in finding household professionals. Many multi-sector agencies will have access to a high number of domestic workers, however there are employment firms that specialise only in placing industrial and home staff into the right career openings.
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