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General Information

Couples can cover a wide range of tasks within a household. You get greater benefits when you employ a Couple compared to separate contractors for each task that needs to be done, such as small repairs and general maintenance. The majority of Couples would be prepared to live in and would expect separate accommodation. They would be either part of a team in a fully staffed household or they could run the entire home themselves. Couples tend to have experience in formal households, but are happy to work in more casual homes as well. Some Couples may specialise in certain fields such as gardening or cooking and can take care of those tasks on a full time basis.

Duties

The role is normally split between the two members of the Couple, and responsibilities range from Butler, Chef, Handyman, Gardener, Chauffeur, Estate Manager to Houseman for a man, and for a woman, it can be a housekeeper, nanny, cook or PA. 

Please find example of how most couples subdivide the home’s duties:

Female

  • Housework
  • Ironing and laundry
  • Organising wardrobes and cupboards
  • Childcare
  • Family cooking
  • Cooking for dinner parties
  • Supervising homework
  • Shopping
  • Dealing with contractors
  • Administration and petty cash

Male

  • General maintenance and DIY duties
  • Gardening
  • Driving
  • Security
  • Butlering
  • Dog walking or other animal care

Qualification

Happy Home Couples would have minimum of 4 years experience as a couple, verified and checkable references. Some candidates would have some specialist skills in horticulture or DIY.

Working Hours

CouplesCouples would generally work 10-12 hours a day with a break during a day, Monday to Friday-flexible. Live in couples would expect salary of a minimum of £800 net per week depending on experience. Some couples, especially more experienced with specialist skills would expect from £900-1000 net per week.