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The domestic couple is most often a married couple, based on the employer’s property, and capable of responding to a range of your service needs. The responsibilities of the domestic couple can vary, depending upon a particular client’s unique requirements and needs.
The demand for domestic couples has always been strong but is now a rapidly growing segment of the housekeeping and property management staffing assignments. The duties of a household-dedicated housekeeper can now be expanded to include the additional care of an estate’s gardens and grounds by employing a domestic couple who can handle both jobs in a practical way with time-saving efficiency.
Some of the main skills domestic couples should be proficient in:
How they will help
Domestic couples are ideally positioned to accomplish a dual role. Traditionally, the male partner of a couple would perform more intensive manual tasks such as grounds-keeping and general maintenance while the female partner would take care of housekeeping and interior duties. However, with changing roles in modern partnerships and also in modern households with increasingly varied needs, domestic couples are an ideal multitasking division of labor in the form of a two-person team, who typically divide up their areas of expertise depending on their individual skills and talents.
Many butlers come to us with prior business and management training and areas as diverse as: table service, household cleaning, estate management, concierge services and hotel management, luxury lifestyle consulting and personal stylist training. Butlers are often career professionals who maintain membership in a variety of guilds and professional organisations, such as the International Guild of Professional Butlers. Some are graduates of ‘butling’ and house management schools in Europe.
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A Domestic Couple is typically a married couple, but they can also be close friends who work together as a team. For this reason, the nature of the relationship can be relevant in terms of the accommodation on offer.
In a Domestic Couple, one party will typically work as Housekeeper/Chef whilst the other will take on the external duties; maintenance, gardener and chauffeur - but the roles include a combination of duties.
A strong relationship, and the ability to work well as a team. Domestic Couples are adaptable and adjust to the principal's needs.
Typically in return for a slightly lower salary than that of two separate employees, Domestic Couples are granted the use of on-site accommodation, often a smaller house nearby the principal's residence or living quarters within the residence. Ideally, in this case, it should have a separate entrance for staff.
It’s essential that you trial a domestic couple before taking them on a permanent basis. This can last from days to weeks. It’s a good way to see that the couple is a good fit for the household. Expect to cover their expenses and compensate them for their time during the trial.
You should be clear about what is expected, although these roles are often ever-evolving.
A combined salary of £75-80k plus suitable accommodation.