How to hire a housekeeper
We are recruitment experts and know how to find the right housekeeper for you and your family.
How to hire a housekeeper that suits your needs
At 14fiftyseven we always start with a conversation about your needs. A housekeeper can fulfil many roles. We have a detailed chat with you about how you envisage the new housekeeper role working.
We specialise in offering household staff services that deliver more. With careful planning, your housekeeper could encompass the roles of household manager, dog walker, cook, and assistant gardener in one.
Think about what qualities matter to you in a housekeeper. Is having previous experience in a similar position a prerequisite? Do flexibility and adaptability matter? Do you need someone who will be able to think on their feet? 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 any employee, whether 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 household staff 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 become hard to handle.
How to hire a housekeeper within your budget
Whether you’re a multi-millionaire or just starting out, we can find a housekeeper within your budget.
Think outside the box
Have you considered a housekeeper with experience outside of previous housekeeper roles? We encourage our clients to think about how to hire a housekeeper in a modern way.
Someone who has previously been in different roles, including anything from school teacher to office manager, may in fact be the perfect candidate. Someone with alternative experience to being a housekeeper may be able to problem solve in a creative way and could tackle problems confidently without coming to you for approval at every turn. It could be that this person wants a new way of working.
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 housekeeper are happy, and we do everything to make that happen.
We also stay in touch, so that if any difficulties arise, both the housekeeper and the client can come back to us to begin solving the issue.