Live-In Housekeeper

Live-In Housekeeper

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Live-In Housekeepers are usually provided with their own separate living quarters in an employer’s home. This can vary from client to client depending on their home(s). In the most simple version, our clients provide the Housekeeper with her own private bedroom in the main residence. This would normally consist of a double bed, furniture, TV, and wifi. This can include either an ensuite or bathroom. More often than not, our clients dedicate a ‘level’ of the house to the housekeeper, be it a basement flat area or attic conversion which would then act as a bedroom/private bathroom. Some of our clients provide an entire ‘apartment’ to the housekeeper as part of the main residence, giving the housekeeper a bedroom, living room, kitchen, and bathroom. Clients with more space often try to accommodate the housekeeper in the ‘annex’ or outbuilding dwellings which can range from studio apartments to two bedroom apartments.

A good housekeeper provides the client with a wide variety of professional domestic services and takes on the responsibilities of cleaning, laundry, cooking and running errands. Each household is unique therefore the duties and responsibilities are discussed at interview stage, covering a broad range of duties from cooking to laundry, shopping to cleaning and beyond.

General housekeeping duties are to ensure the smooth running of the household as well as cleanliness and maintenance of all residences. Whilst the duties of housekeeper in the modern age can extend to more than just cleaning, in households with a team of private staff, housekeepers are often responsible for all the staff based within the house itself.

General housekeeping duties may include but are not limited to:

  • Cleaning – vacuuming, dusting, polishing etc.
  • Cleaning silverware & brass
  • Organising wardrobes & cupboards
  • Laundry & ironing
  • Grocery and household item shopping
  • Cooking or preparing food
  • Helping occasionally with childcare
  • Meeting tradesmen and collecting deliveries
  • Meticulous in all matters of keeping residence in pristine condition
  • Ability to care for fine surfaces such as antiques, art, silver, etc.
  • Willingness to work in ever changing environments inclusive of children and pets

There are many benefits to hiring a live-in housekeeper. By having your housekeeper live in your home, you welcome her as an extended family member and can develop a more meaningful relationship with your employee. This leads to greater communication, trust, and respect between you and your domestic worker.

Live-In Housekeeper gives you peace of mind that your property is being cared for if you travel regularly and leave the property vacant. It also gives you the flexibility to call on them for additional hours if you need extra support when guests or family visit. This makes live-in housekeepers a favourable option.


  • As well as providing accommodation, if you require the housekeeper to drive, then most clients provide the housekeeper with access to the family cars, or their own dedicated car to drive for errands, shopping and more.
  • Most of clients hiring live-in housekeepers offer additional perks. This can include a mobile phone allowance, gym membership, health insurance, fuel for days off, food, bonuses, etc. It just depends on the nature of the salary offered and how you wish to attract the right candidates to the role.
  • Starting salaries starts from £500 net per week.  Full-time annual salary depends on candidate’s credentials, experience, and duties, as well as previous salaries had.
  • Room & board to be provided by the family.
  • Salary guide is based on a 5 or 5 and half day work week, 8-12hrs a day, and is presented to you as a guide.  Final salary always varies depending on the overall package offered.
How We Work

Once you’ve decided what type of services you’re looking for, you need to register with Forbes Private Staff by filling out our client registration form. This will ask you to list your candidate preferences and unique requirements, as well as you will be able to read our Term of Business and familiarise yourself with our fees. Once registration is received, your information will be carefully reviewed by a member of our staff who will then contact you directly to discuss all your specific requirements in a greater detail, to note down all the final information we need to start your perfect candidate search.

The Steps We Follow
  • Understanding Your Needs
  • The Matchmaking Process
  • Interview
  • Contract
  • Follow Up and Ongoing Support
Placement Fees

At Forbes Private Staff it is crucial that the candidate you choose is the right match for your family, and to ensure this we provide 12 weeks of free replacement and ongoing after-placement support.

UK Placements

  • Client registration Fee – FREE
  • Permanent Full-Time Placement in Childcare (52 weeks + ) - 15% of the Annual Salary
  • Permanent Full-Time Placement in Private Household (52 weeks +) – 15% of the Annual Salary
  • Full-time Governess or Tutor Placements – 17% of the Annual Salary
  • Full-Time Dual Residency Placements - required to work in the UK and Overseas - 18% of the Annual Salary
  • Part-Time Governess or Tutor Placements – 19% of the Annual Salary
  • After School Childcare Placements – 18% of the Annual Salary
  • Part-Time Placements in Childcare and Private Households – 18% of the Annual Salary
  • Maternity Nurses - £170 per week, min 2 weeks.
  • Temporary Placements – £100 per day or £450 per week.
  • Trials - £450 per week, up to 4 consecutive weeks; or fixed daily fee of £90.

Overseas Placements

  • Client Registration Fee - FREE for Permanent Placements
  • Client Registration Fee - £100 for Temporary or Holiday Placements
  • All Permanent Placements – 20% of the Annual Salary
  • Maternity Nurses - £230 per week, min 2 weeks
  • Temporary Placements – £100 per day or £500 per week.
  • Trials - £500 per week, up to 4 consecutive weeks.

To our loyal returning clients and our current client referrals, we offer a 10% discount on your placement fees.

Our Registration is FREE of charge to all our candidates.

For more information, please contact us or register online, and we’ll contact you to discuss your requirements and answer any questions you might have.

What our clients say about us?

‘Impeccable staff, trustworthy and punctual. A great company to deal with who consistently deliver. Highly recommended.’

H. K.  London, UK

H. K. London, UK

Fashion Brand, Client of 7 years

‘I’d like to say how pleased I and my wife have been with the service we received from you and from our housekeeper who has been reliable and efficient throughout the several years she’s been with us. All the best for the future.’

R. H. London, UK

R. H. London, UK

Client of 3 years

‘You were more than helpful at arranging the service I wanted and it was executed perfectly. I will most definitely be using your services again. Thank you.’

K. R. London, UK

K. R. London, UK

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