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Household staff costs

How to understand the costs of hiring private household staff

Find out what you need to know about the costs of hiring private household staff. Get the most value and service for your household needs with our comprehensive guide.

Hiring private household staff can be a significant investment, and it's essential to understand the costs associated with it.

Here are some things you need to know about the costs of hiring private household staff:

  • Salary: The most significant cost associated with hiring household staff is their salary. The amount you'll need to pay will depend on the staff member's qualifications, experience, and responsibilities. Typically, more experienced and specialised staff members will command higher salaries.
  • Taxes and benefits: As an employer you will need to pay tax and national insurance contributions, you would also need to factor in pension contributions. You may provide other benefits like private health cover, bank holiday pay and annual leave.
  • Recruitment fees: Recruitment agencies, like Massey’s Agency, can assist you to find your household staff, there will be a fee for their services which is clearly set out in our terms of business. This fee would be a percentage of the staff member's annual salary.
  • Training and development: If you hire staff members who require specialised training, you'll need to pay for that training. This can include professional courses, certifications, or on-the-job training.
  • Accommodation: If you provide accommodation for your household staff, you'll need to factor in the costs of rent, utilities, and maintenance. This can be a significant expense, especially if you live in a high-cost area.
  • Uniforms and equipment: Depending on the role, you may need to provide uniforms, equipment, or tools for your household staff. This can be an additional cost to consider.

Costs & Budgeting

It's essential to consider all of these costs when budgeting for household staff. The total cost will depend on the number of staff members you hire, their qualifications and experience, and the benefits and perks you provide.

It's a good idea to consult with a professional organisation, like MASSEY’S AGENCY, we will help you understand the costs associated with hiring household staff and to help you create a budget that meets your needs. We can also recommend a payroll company that will sort out all aspects of your employee’s salary, paying tax and national insurance and pension contributions.

Salaries for private household staff can vary significantly depending on the job role and location. The amount you'll need to pay will depend on a variety of factors, including the staff member's experience, qualifications, and responsibilities, as well as the cost of living in your area.

Here are some examples of the typical salaries for different types of household staff, based on placements we have made over the last year:

  • Housekeeper: Salaries for housekeepers can range from £32,000 to £58,000 per year, depending on the location and the level of experience required. In high-cost areas such as London housekeepers can command salaries of £45,000 or more. This will also depend on whether living in, or out.
  • Nanny: Salaries for nannies can range from £40,000 to £60,000 per year, depending on their experience and qualifications. In high-cost areas such as London, nannies can command salaries of £50,000 or more.
  • Personal assistant: Salaries for personal assistants in private households can range from £50,000 to £100,000 per year, depending on their experience and responsibilities. In high-cost areas such as London, personal assistants can command salaries of £80,000 or more.

It's important to keep in mind that these are just general ranges, and salaries can vary significantly based on individual circumstances. Other factors that can affect salaries include the staff member's hours, benefits, and any additional perks or bonuses you may offer. It's important to do your research and consult with a professional to determine an appropriate salary range for the household staff members you plan to hire.

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