Housekeeper Job Description

Housekeeper/Child-friendly Housekeeper is employed in private homes to maintain a clean, comfortable and tidy environment and manage households. Duties vary according to the employers` needs, and the tasks require attention to details, punctuality and skills of high standard cleaning. They also may supervise or look after older children, from age of 8 years upwards, or young children up to a couple of hours per day with the mother staying around; they also do baby-sittings and sometimes may do school runs.


Families looking for a Housekeeper or a Child-friendly Housekeeper through our agency usually require at least 3 years of relevant experience in the UK, verifiable references, Paediatric First Aid (if some childcare is involved) and CRB/DBS check.

Housekeepers duties:

  • To keep kitchen, play areas, bedroom(s), bathroom(s)/toilet(s), living room, utility room, attic, hall clean and tidy daily
  • To sort, wash, dry and iron clothing with special care for delicate clothes according to instructions and labels, by hands or with the use of washing machines, tumble driers, racks, steam irons or ironing boards
  • To change, wash and iron bed linen and towels regularly as agreed with employers
  • To manage wardrobes, chest of drawers and shoe cabinets (folding, hanging and organizing clothes, organizing and cleaning shoes)
  • To vacuum carpets, rugs and draperies, dust and polish furniture, mop and polish floors
  • To clean wash basins and showers, wipe down mirrors and polish glass surfaces if required
  • To operate mechanized cleaning equipment (washing machine, tumble dryer, iron press, steam iron, floor steamer, vacuum cleaner etc.)
  • To cook for the family fresh and nutritious meals, to the required standards, taking into consideration any potential or existing allergies and diets
  • To purchase food for the family or to prepare weekly shopping lists (if parent(s) require)
  • To shop for required cleaning products and other household stocks (ironing water, washing up liquid, washing powder, etc.)
  • To look after family pets if required
  • To help with basic gardening, sweep the porch area if required
  • To liaise with household suppliers including delivery men, postmen, plumbers, electricians etc.
  • To polish antiques, silver and marble with use of special polishing products

Housekeeper salary guide, based on current market*

Position Hours per week Weekly net salary
Housekeeper Live-out 40-60 £10 +ph
Housekeeper Live-in 40-60 £350 – £500+

* Salaries depend on the amount of working hours and days in the week, candidates’ experience, qualifications and particular skills.

Housekeeper has employee rights

As an employee your rights are to:

  • have an employment contract
  • be given payslips
  • not work more than the maximum hours allowed per week
  • be paid at least the market wage or the wage agreed and stated in the employment contract
  • be paid on time (date agreed and stated in the employment contract) by the means agreed and stated in the employment contract


If as an employee you meet the eligibility requirements, you are also entitled to:


* Details mentioned above must be discussed and agreed between the employer and the employee before signing the employment contract, and must be stated in the employment contract.