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The domestic couple is most often a married couple, based on the private employer’s property, and capable of responding to a range of your service needs. The job responsibilities of the domestic couple can vary, depending upon a particular client’s unique requirements and their informal service needs.
The demand for domestic couples has always been strong but is now driving a rapidly growing segment of the housekeeping industry and property management staffing assignments. The duties of a household-dedicated housekeeper position can now be expanded to include wardrobe management and 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.
Looking to Hire a Domestic Couple?
At Irving Scott, we take great pride in delivering exceptional services provided by our team of highly qualified domestic couple professionals. Our agency specializes in crafting personalized global and domestic staffing solutions that are tailored to meet your unique household requirements.
We have cultivated enduring relationships and great team that guarantee the utmost quality of service for you, your family cooking your loved ones, and your highest expectations. Your satisfaction is our top priority.
Some of the main skills domestic couples should be proficient in:
- Housekeeping and laundry duties, suppliers maintenance duties interior, cleaning, gardening, exterior gardening driving, valeting of vehicles and general daily tasks.
- General property maintenance in both domestic and commercial buildings including decorating and event set-up/tear down, light pool maintenance, basic electrical and plumbing work and also a variety of handyman duties. Couples may be asked to organise and manage a team of staff who will be responsible for the ‘change over’ between events such a weddings and other types of receptions.
- Planning and carrying out office moves, picking up and collecting items of furniture and equipment.
- Valet and vehicle management, cleaning and upkeep, conducting minor maintenance and occasionally acting as a driver/chauffeur if required.
- Live-in/Live-out positions. Domestic couples can work scheduled, off-site hours or may be willing to negotiate for adjusted wages and earnings in exchange for separate housing on the estate if a 24-hour, on-site presence is desired by the client.
- Pet and livestock management and care for larger properties that include various household pets, horses, goats, chickens, or llamas and may need daily care in additional to their regular veterinary care and visits with pets ad hoc jobs.
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-maintenance, swimming pool maintenance, and general maintenance while the female partner professional domestic couple would take care of housekeeping and interior duties.
Together, they make one efficient team and even cover the demanding jobs of three to four members of your domestic staff. However, with changing roles in modern partnerships and also in modern larger households, with increasingly varied needs, couples are an ideal candidate for multitasking division of labour 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 previous experience as diverse as: table service, household cleaning, housekeeping duties, 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 high standard of ‘butling’ and house management schools in Europe.
Why should you use a Domestic Agency when hiring a domestic couple?
When hiring a professional domestic couple together, using a domestic agency like Irving Scott can simplify the process by providing expertise, thorough candidate screening, and matchmaking services. Domestic agencies conduct background checks, ensuring the trustworthiness of candidates, and help with legal compliance and contract details.
They save time, offer industry knowledge, and can mediate and provide replacements if needed. Overall, they streamline the hiring process, making it more efficient and reliable for those seeking domestic couples for smooth running of childcare, household management and household organise.
Professional domestic couples ensure that their personal matters do not impact their work
Experienced domestic couples are truly dedicated professionals who are committed to their jobs and maintaining a harmonious home environment. They put their best effort into their work history working together as a team and fostering a strong sense of friendship.
Occasionally, they might encounter differences or experienced moments of detachment, but rest assured, they never allow these private issues to affect their work. This dedication inspires open and discreet communication, encouraging couples to address any concerns promptly. This proactive approach ensures that domestic couples can effectively carry out their responsibilities with care and efficiency.
Hire A Domestic Couple With Irving Scott
At Irving Scott, we comprehend the significance of a household that runs like clockwork, and thus, we are steadfast in providing our clients with the most professional and seasoned domestic workers and households/couples.
With many years of experience in the field, we have become the foremost agency for procuring the perfect candidates for a domestic couple. Our team of professional recruiters will collaborate closely with you to comprehend your specific requirements and furnish you with the ideal professional couple candidates for your household staff.
Whether you require a domestic couple for daily household chores, cooking, the management of a grand estate, or for support during events, our professional domestic couples are capable of handling it all with poise and efficacy.
We bask in the glory of our stringent selection process all our candidates, ensuring that only the most competent and trustworthy individuals are selected to be a part of our domestic staff.
Our meticulously selected domestic partnerships possess the skills and experience necessary to manage your household with the utmost care, allowing you to have peace of mind knowing your home is in good hands.
At Irving Scott, we believe that your abode should be a representation of your impeccable taste and style, and our domestic couples are trained to uphold the highest standards of luxury and elegance. With us, you can rest assured that your house and household will be run with the same exactitude and professionalism as the finest five-star establishments.
Why should I hire a domestic couple?
There are several reasons why you should consider hiring a professional domestic couple:
Comprehensive Household Management: Domestic couples bring a wealth of experience in managing a household, allowing for a comprehensive and efficient management of all household tasks.
Personalised Services: Domestic couples are highly skilled and work exclusively for one household, providing personalised and customised service tailored to specific needs and preferences.
Increased Productivity: With the assistance of a professional domestic couple, one will have more time to focus on work, hobbies, and other interests, increasing overall productivity.
Expertise in Various Household Tasks: Domestic couples have a wide range of skills, including cooking, cleaning, laundry, gardening, and more, making them equipped to handle various household tasks.
Peace of Mind: Hiring a couple to manage contractors brings peace of mind, knowing that the private household itself is in good hands, and one can relax and enjoy leisure time.
Cost-Effective Solution: Hiring a couple can be a more cost-efficient option in comparison to hiring multiple employees for private household tasks.
High-Quality Service: With a commitment to providing high-quality service, domestic couples are trained to maintain the highest standards of luxury and elegance, ensuring the home is always at its best.
Questions? You’re covered.
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 households in a Domestic Couple, one party will typically work as Housekeeper/Chef whilst the other will take on the external duties; the cars cleaning, washing, maintenance, security, gardener and chauffeur - but the roles include a combination of duties.
Normally 40 hours each week, but they have to be flexible enough to accommodate the Principal's requirements and client demands. There is a going back and forth of thoughts with more time taken off when the principal is away.
A strong relationship, and the ability to work well as a team. Domestic Couples are adaptable and adjust to the family children and the family pets and principal family's needs.
Typically in return for a slightly lower average salary amount than that of joint salary of two separate employees, Domestic Live-in Couple is granted the use of on-site accommodation, often a smaller house or cottage nearby the principal family's private residence or living quarters within the family's residence. Ideally, in this case, it should have a separate entrance for staff.
It’s essential that you trial a potential full time domestic couple before taking them on a long term basis. This can last its own time anywhere from a few 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 fully for their time during the trial and / or probation period.
You should be clear about what is expected from the position, although these job roles are often ever-evolving.
A combined salary of £75-80k plus suitable accommodation.
Yes, Irving Scott does conduct DBS (Criminal Records Bureau (CRB)) checks on individuals coming to us for domestic couple jobs or the ones whose candidates we shortlist. The agency is committed to ensuring the safety and peace of mind of its clients when it comes to hiring domestic staff and couples.
Irving Scott conducts thorough screening and background checks on all of its candidates to ensure that only the most trustworthy and reliable individuals are selected to be a part of their domestic staff. We do this for other services as well, for jobs such as house managers, private chefs, private drivers, nanny housekeeper, laundress, and others.