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.

Duties

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  • Keeping refrigerator clean and discarding out-of-date items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