Hire a house manager

In today’s society, the role of the butler has changed to encompass a more general house manager role. 

The house manager is expected to be flexible, on call at most hours, be able to multitask and often need to be prepared to travel with their employer on short notice. 

House managers are responsible for, amongst other things, hiring and dismissing staff, arranging events, overseeing travel plans and occasional chauffeur duties. They are also knowledgeable in fine wines. If working in a country residence, a house manager needs to have knowledge of shoots, gun care and experience in arranging shooting weekends.

Availability

The house manager’s schedule will vary significantly by household, and can include being on call 24/7, but will typically involve working at least 5 days per week (10-12 hours per day).

Salary expectations

Salaries will start at £42,000 gross per annum but will increase depending on duties and working hours.

FAQs

For overseas positions how does payroll, tax and other employment obligations differ from the UK?
Open For overseas positions how does payroll, tax and other employment obligations differ from the UK?

Most countries have differing tax legislation. Your Signature Staff consultant will advise you on this if you apply for an overseas position.

Equivalently your holiday entitlements will differ too, and will be set-out in your employment contract.

Does the client incur travel costs when the employee starts a new position?
Open Does the client incur travel costs when the employee starts a new position?

The client is responsible for covering travel expenses at the start and end of the employment.

Over and above this, for overseas placements, 1-2 return flights to the candidate’s country of residence are typically included and will be set out in the employment contract.

Is there usually a trial period with overseas positions?
Open Is there usually a trial period with overseas positions?

A trial period is normally built into a probationary period in the contract.

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