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The Role of a Domestic Couple

Domestic couples are employed to fulfil various roles within a private home. They can run a home on their own (being the sole staff employed), or form part of a larger team either to manage or work alongside other staff.

The duties they can cover are many and varied - typical job titles include but are not limited to those detailed below:

  • Gardener / Handyman and Housekeeper / Cook / Nanny

  • Chauffeur / Handyman and Housekeeper / Cook / Nanny

  • Butler / Chauffeur and Housekeeper / Cook

  • Butler / Chef and Housekeeper

  • Butler / Valet and Housekeeper

Obviously every household is different as is every couple. We do our utmost to tailor our search so the right couple is placed with the right family, taking into account personalities as well as level of expertise in the duties required.

Points to consider

  • Couples are generally looking to commit to an employer for an absolute minimum of two years, a large number state they are looking for five to ten years.

  • Couples will however, need to have self-contained accommodation provided by the employer. Some do have their own furniture, whilst others may require a furnished property.

  • Couples generally like to take their annual leave together.



Salaries for couples can range widely from £550+ per week net for an average Gardener / Handyman and Housekeeper in the country, to around £1,500+ per week net for a top Butler / Chauffeur and Housekeeper / Cook in Central London.

An average London based domestic couple will be looking at a salary of £650 and £850 per week net.

Staff of Distinction, part of Imperial Recruitment the largest domestic recruitment agency supplying staff for all domestic situations throughout the UK and abroad.

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