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Private Households & Estates Salaries

Flexibility, innovation and tailoring our offering to meet demand has been key to our growth in this domestic staff sector and we expect this to continue. The housekeeper-nanny role continues to be popular with a 10% increase in placements – even during turbulent times, nationally. The integrated Nanny / Housekeeper role which became popular with our clients in recent years continues to be sought-after, as do female butlers. Overall, there has been a significant increase in demand for live-in roles of all types, which means our best live-in candidates can often choose from a number of varied and rewarding roles. 

Couples to run and manage private households and estates continue to be our most popular candidates in this sector, with a 20% rise in recent years and we expect this to continue. Couples can be a more cost-effective, efficient way to run a house or estate, particularly in rural areas which are often busier throughout the week. Finding the right couples can be challenging for many factors such as accommodation, lifestyle and experience which is why we are particularly proud of the successful placements we are making and why we continue to use our reach to advertise for experienced couples.

London average salaries

POSITION SPECIFICS SALARY
House Manager Live-In (F/T) £45k-£60k
Live-Out (F/T) £45k-£60k
Chauffeur Full Time £40k-£50k
Close Protection Chauffeur Full Time £45k-£50k
Couples Live-In (F/T) £60k+ combined
Gardeners Live-In (F/T) £28k-£35k
Live-Out (F/T) £30k-£40k
Butler Live-In (F/T) £35k-£50k
Live-Out (F/T) £40k-£50k
Estate Workers / Handyman / Maintenance Live-In (F/T) £24k-£26k
Live-Out (F/T) £28k+
Chef Full Time £50k-£80k
PA Full Time £35k-£60k
Part Time £25-£35 per hour
Head Housekeeper Live-In (F/T) £40k-£45k
Live-Out (F/T) £40k-£50k
Housekeeper Live-In (F/T) £35k+
Live-Out (F/T) £33k-£43k
Live-Out (P/T) / Temp £12-£15 net per hour
Housekeeper / Nanny Live-In (F/T) £35k+
Live-Out (F/T) £35k-£48k
Housekeeper / Maids Live-In (F/T) £32k+
Live-Out (F/T) £30k-£35k
Housekeeper / Cooks Live-In (F/T) £35k-£39k
Live-Out (F/T) £32k-£41k
Laundress / Wardrobe Manager Live-Out (F/T) £39k-£45k

Rural - Home Counties up to Midlands average salaries

POSITION SPECIFICS SALARY
House Manager Live-In (F/T) £40k-£50k
Chauffeur Full Time £35k-£45k
Close Protection Chauffeur Full Time £40k-£50k
Couples Live-In (F/T) £52k-£65k
Head Gardeners Live-In (F/T) £28k-£35k
Live-Out (F/T) £30k-£40k
Gardeners Live-In (F/T) £23k-£28k
Live-Out (F/T) £28k-£35k
Estate Manager Live-In (F/T) £35k+
Live-Out (F/T) £40k+
Estate Workers / Handyman / Maintenance Live-In (F/T) £25k-£30k
Live-Out (F/T) £27k-£30k
PA Full Time £30k to £55k
Part Time £20-£30 per hour
Private Chef Live-In (F/T) £35k-£55k
Live-Out (F/T) £40k-£60k
Head Housekeeper Live-In (F/T) £40k-£45k
Live-Out (F/T) £40k-£45k
Housekeeper Live-In (F/T) £30k-£35k
Live-Out (F/T) £30k-£35k
Live-Out (P/T) / Temp £15 gross per hour +
Housekeeper / Nanny Live-In (F/T) £35k+
Live-Out (F/T) £35k+
Housekeeper / Cooks Live-In (F/T) £35k+
Live-Out (F/T) £35k+
Housekeeper / Maids Live-In (F/T) £28k
Live-Out (F/T) £28k-£33k
Laundress / Wardrobe Manager Live-Out (F/T) £39k-£45k

North of England average salaries

POSITION SPECIFICS SALARY
Head Butler Live-In (F/T) £45k+
Butler Live-In (F/T) £30k+
Chauffeur Full Time £30k+
Couples Live-In (F/T) £50k+ combined
Head Gardener Live-In (F/T) £27.5k+
Sole Gardener Live-In (F/T) £22k+
Estate Workers / Handyman / Maintenance Live-In (F/T) £18k+
Household Manager Live-In (F/T) £45k+
PA Full Time £30k+
Housekeeper Live-In (F/T) Per Week £27.5k+
Live-Out (F/T) £27.5k+
Live-Out (P/T) £12 per hour

Scotland, Cumbria & Northumberland average salaries

POSITION SPECIFICS SALARY
Butler Live-In (F/T) £35k+
Chauffeur Full Time £25k-£30k
Couples Live-In (F/T) £40k
Management Couple Live-In (F/T) £45k
Housekeeper Live-In (F/T) £25k
Live-Out (P/T) £10-£12 per hour
Housekeeper / Nanny Full Time £22k
Gardeners Live-In (F/T) £22k-£25k
Estate Worker Live-In (F/T) £18k
Personal Assistant Full Time £30k-£40k

FAQ

Our reputation is built on listening to our clients and understanding their needs. We thought it might be useful to include some of the questions we have recently been frequently asked in this sector:

Which locations do you cover? 

We work throughout the UK with London jobs up to the Midlands, Lancashire and Yorkshire where we have regional consultants, while our Edinburgh office covers Cumbria, Northumberland and Scotland. Our International team based in London covers the rest of the world. Our specialist teams cross-over with each other in respect of sharing candidates and working with the same clients the length and breadth of the UK and Internationally.


Can you help me establish what domestic staff I need?

Our consultants can visit you to discuss your requirements and give advice on the roles suitable for the smooth running of the property. 

We really like the candidate you introduced but are you able to give them specialist training?

Yes. Our consultants are all specialists in their sectors, usually with a long, successful career working in private households and estates themselves. They will not only ensure staff are fully briefed and understand your needs but they will deliver specialist training wherever needed.

Are you able to provide short-term staff and how do you guarantee their quality?

We provide domestic staff on both a short-term and permanent basis – and you always have the option of taking on a candidate for the season with a view to then making the role permanent. Our candidates are vetted, known to us and trusted. During every placement we are in contact with clients to ensure the highest standards are being met and we will only ever recommend candidates who have been given the best reviews from our clients. Our reputation depends on it.

PLEASE NOTE: All salaries quoted throughout this survey are a guideline only, from information gleaned over 2 years from the Greycoat Lumleys database of candidates and clients.