Frequently Asked Questions on Housekeepers

 

What are the duties of a housekeeper?

Our experienced and trustworthy housekeepers can undertake the following household duties:

  • General household cleaning duties include dusting, laundry, mopping and hoovering floors 
  • Laundry and ironing
  • Cleaning silverware 
  • Cooking or preparing meals
  • Organising wardrobes and cupboards  
  • Running errands, organising the dry cleaning & doing the weekly grocery shop
  • Answering the door and dealing with contractors
  • Care of children including school runs 
  • Care of household pets
  • Watering plants

In combination with keeping the house clean and presentable, we also place nanny-housekeepers who can assist in a more hands-on fashion with childcare. 

 

What are the duties of a nanny-housekeeper?

Our professional and experienced nanny-housekeepers can undertake the following duties:

  • Childcare/babysitting/school runs
  • General household cleaning and tidying
  • Laundry and ironing
  • Cooking/assistance in the kitchen
  • Errand running (dry cleaning, groceries, collections)

At Nannies Incorporated we specialise in recruiting nanny-housekeepers and housekeepers for busy, professional households in London, UK. 

 

What is the difference between a nanny-housekeeper and a housekeeper?

A housekeeper is expected to carry out a wide variety of duties, including all the usual housekeeping duties which includes cleaning and keeping the house well presented, laundry and ironing etc.  However, they would not have experience in caring for children. 

A nanny-housekeeper is typically employed by a family with school aged children. A nanny-housekeeper is employed to take care of the children before and after school and to help with housekeeping duties during the school day.  

A nanny-housekeeper would usually be responsible for keeping the house clean and tidy, laundry and ironing including the children’s clothes and making sure school uniforms and gym kits are prepared, family style cooking – particularly for the children, and looking after the children, taking them to extracurricular activities etc. 

 

What questions should I ask a housekeeper at an interview? 

The interview is your opportunity to find out whether the housekeeper is a good match for you in terms of their skills and personality. Typical questions can include:

  • Why have you chosen a career in housekeeping?
  • What were your housekeeping responsibilities in your last position?
  • Why did you leave your last housekeeper position?
  • What do you think are the most important skills for a housekeeper?

 

How much is a housekeeper salary? 

Housekeeper salaries are dependent on the candidate’s experience and skillset, though as a guide:

  • Live-in £400 - £500 + net per week
  • Daily (live-out) £550 + net per week 

Please note that housekeepers are employed by families and you will therefore have to account for their employment and pay relevant tax and NI contributions.

You can find out more information on housekeeper duties here

 

Can I hire a part-time housekeeper?

We specialise in full-time daily and live-in housekeeper and nanny positions. We are unable to help with part-time positions. 

 

Do you place live-in housekeepers?

Yes, we place both live-in and daily housekeepers. Not sure of the difference? Live-in housekeepers require their own bedroom and bathroom within your home, whereas a daily housekeeper will commute each morning to your home and return to their own home at the end of the working day. 

 

If we take on a live-in housekeeper, what are we expected to provide them with?

If you require a live-in housekeeper, they will require having their food and lodgings provided. At minimum they would need to be provided with their own bedroom & bathroom and meals whilst on duty. 

 

How do I know if I need a housekeeper?

Whether you work full time, have a busy family life or simply do not have time to keep your home spotless, then a full-time housekeeper is the answer.  Housekeepers are better equipped and experienced in how to clean your home. There’s not a better feeling than coming back to a spotless home. 

 

What checks does the agency carry out on housekeepers?

 

  • Personal interview at one of our offices.
  • The identity of each housekeeper against their driving licence, passport or a birth certificate.
  • The reasons for any gaps in their employment history.
  • The validity of the DBS check and their first aid certificate.
  • At least two references to confirm their competence and suitability.