A Housekeeper covers all general household cleaning and upkeep. A Housekeeper does not have direct contact with children, that is the role of a multi-skilled Housekeeper-Nanny to give childcare support or a Nanny-Housekeeper, who does light housekeeping duties. A Housekeeper is experienced in caring for the whole house, more than a cleaner, as they are there to care for the whole house, do laundry, wardrobe management, organise grocery shopping, deal with tradesmen and ensure the home is well cared for and well presented.


  • Preparing breakfast and cleaning kitchen and breakfast room

  • Keeping refrigerator clean and discarding out-of-date items

  • Cleaning the oven

  • Tidying and cleaning bathrooms, bedrooms and living areas

  • Cleaning unused rooms on a less frequent basis

  • Polishing brass and silver, antiques and fine furniture

  • Cleaning windows inside

  • Collecting, washing, ironing and returning laundry to the appropriate place

  • Hand washing delicate items

  • Managing the wardrobe

  • Arranging dry-cleaning

  • Answering door and telephone

  • Feeding and exercising pets on a regular basis

  • Keeping patios, pathways and steps clean and tidy

  • Watering household plants and flower arranging

  • Carrying out weekly grocery shopping

  • Handling petty cash and debit cards

  • Dealing with tradesmen, suppliers and contractors

  • Managing security alarms

Working Hours of a Housekeeper

A live-in Housekeeper, typically works a 5-day week for 10 to 12 hours a day.

A full-time live-out Housekeeper usually works an 8 to 10-hour day.

Salary of a Live-in Housekeeper and Live-out Housekeeper

The salary range on average is £450 to £600 net per week for a live-in position or £550 to £650 net per week for a live-out position dependent on experience. Housekeepers are usually charged at the hourly rate of £10 to £14 net.