House Manager

A House Manager has to be able to undertake a wide variety of responsibilities. These could include placing orders for wines, spirits, newspapers and household cleaning materials. Further duties include carrying out regular stock checks, organising the employer's travel arrangements, overseeing household accounts and co-ordinating functions hosted by the employer.


Duties and Daily Responsibilities of a House Manager

A House Manager will be responsible for overseeing the day to day operation of the household ensuring staff are providing services as and when required. They will also be responsible for any maintenance projects as and when required.

House Manager Duties

  • Travel arrangements

Arranges the employer's travel requirements and any travel requests for the family.staff.

  • Supervises employees

Supervision of household employees and receives guests.

  • Security assistance

Deals with all security arrangements necessary to keep the employer and family safe.

  • Telephone call monitoring

Monitors all incoming telephone calls..

  • Staff management

Employs, dismisses and settles disputes between members of the household staff. Is responsible for the welfare of staff alongside performance evaluation and reviews.

  • Team Manager

Larger estates may have a team of security, front of house, butlers, waiting staff, nanny, chauffeur, maids and cleaners. A House Manager will potentially supervise this team

  • Other duties

Keeps household accounts. Deals with tradesmen/contractors. Manages security alarms. Carries out any other task the employer may reasonably ask.

House Manager Jobs

A selection of House Manager job opportunities throughout the UK.

Skills Required for a House Manager


A good House Manager will have a wide range of skills which will allow for the troubleshooting of operations within a household whilst multi-tasking.


Flexibility is a must as the demands from the client may change day to day. Some households may have second homes you will move between, seasonally.


A good communicator; understanding the employer’s like and dislikes. Should be discreet, responsible and have good leadership and organisation skills.

Driving License

We would normally expect a House Manager to have a full, clean driving licence and be able to drive the household vehicles.

What salary and benefits can a House Manager receive?

The average salary for a House Manager in the UK is £55K to 60K and will depend on whether you have a live-in or live-out contract with the client.

If you are considering a career as a House Manager or you are looking for your next move, take a look through our currently advertised roles.

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Live on the estate

In most cases, it will be preferential for the client to have a House Manager live on the estate full time and will be provided with accommodation as part of the role. This would be included in your contract details.


Holidays and days off could be weekends or in the week depending on the household.

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Frequently Asked Questions.

House Manager FAQs

Some of our commonly asked questions regarding the house manager position. If you have any queries or questions, please do not hesitate to contact us on 020 3033 0000 or

We don’t automatically undertake a DBS for every candidate that registers with us as sometimes candidates may find their own jobs and only stay on our books for a short while. However if a client employs someone who we introduce and who does not have a current DBS but is required to have one for the position, then we are happy to do this for you.

We are able to supply staff across the whole of the UK, including Scotland and Ireland. We also cover International positions.

No, we provide a free service for candidates who are looking for work and we only invoice clients if they employ a candidate who we have introduced to them.

Unfortunately we do not provide staff for short term assignments, however we do accept some contracts for a minimum of three months upwards.

We absolutely love hearing from candidates with good, relevant experience in private households. Unfortunately without previous experience it is unlikely we will be able to help you but we are always happy to advise. Chauffeurs must have previous experience of working as a private chauffeur and not purely in chauffeur services or taxi driving.

A vacancy could be filled within a matter of days or it could take longer. The timescale depends on which candidates are registered at the time of you giving us your vacancy, and whether they match your requirements. We will never just send a CV for the sake of it or to ‘make up the numbers’.

We are happy to organise short trials wherever possible, however you need to bear in mind that it might not always be possible if a candidate is in a full time job. In order to address the fact that very occasionally things may not always go to plan, we offer a rebate/replacement period for your peace of mind.

There are many interchangeable duties that can apply to both individual positions particularly if a household only employs one or the other, then the duties may overlap. However if a household employs both a butler and a house manager, the two positions are very distinct. Under these circumstances a butler would normally focus on such things as managing the wine cellar, acting as a valet, looking after guests, serving drinks, providing silver service at formal tables and often travelling with the principal. A house manager would purely concern themselves with the organization and running of the household itself, this would include overseeing the housekeeping, handling repairs and maintenance in the house and ensuring things run smoothly.

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