How to hire a butler
We are recruitment experts and know how to find the right butler for you and your family.
How to hire a butler that suits your needs
At 14fiftyseven we always start with a conversation about your needs. A butler can fulfil many roles. We have a detailed chat with you about how you envisage the butler role working.
We specialise in offering modern intuitive butler candidates. This role could encompass the roles of concierge, household manager, and lifestyle manager in one. It could be filled by a man or a woman, someone with butler training, someone in uniform, or perhaps this isn’t important to you. It could be someone moving from another profession. These are all things we discuss with you at the start.
Think about what qualities matter to you in a butler. Is a versatile can-do attitude important? Is having previous experience in a similar position a prerequisite? Is this a person who may travel with you – in which case, flexibility and adaptability will be relevant. Do you need someone full or part-time?
Every situation and role is different, and it’s important we get each placement of a candidate right for each client. Our experience as recruiters for our parent company Progressive Personnel Ltd means we are highly attuned to getting it right.
Payment and tax
If you’re employing someone in your household, you need to address salary, tax and pension requirements in a professional way. It’s the right way of going about how to hire a butler who works within your business, or within your home.
The good news is we can sort this out for you. You’ll be safe in the knowledge that everything is above board and being dealt with in a legal and professional way.
Retention and HR issues
We know that retention of good staff is an issue, and we also know that if there are problems – for example personality clashes or differing expectations of a role – then they can be difficult to sort out.
Unlike most butler recruitment agencies, we encourage a system of regular appraisals. We can guide our clients in this process. In most cases, this will iron out any problems before they even become hard to handle.
How to hire a butler within your budget
Whether you’re a multi-millionaire or just starting out – we can find a butler solution within your budget.
Think outside the box
Have you considered a butler with experience outside the usual office training? We encourage our clients to think about how to hire a butler in a modern way.
You may someone trained as a butler, but someone with alternative experience to being a butler may be able to problem solve in a creative way and could tackle problems confidently without coming to you for approval at every turn.
In all cases, we start with that detailed chat, and we assess and discuss with you what your needs are and how they will best be met.
Clear communication is incredibly important when hiring all staff, particularly if they will be working within your household or with your family members.
First, when we engage with clients we ask detailed questions right down to understanding the client’s daily timetable. Our aim is to get a clear picture of expectations. We want to make sure you and the new butler are happy, and we do everything to make that happen.
We also stay in touch, so that if any difficulties arise, both the butler and the client can come back to us to begin solving the issue.