How Much Should You Pay a Housekeeper ?


Published on April 16, 2019

How much should you pay a housekeeper? Here are 3 important considerations about the costs involved in hiring a housekeeper. Click To TweetA housekeeper is a vital addition to a family home or property. A good housekeeper takes care of duties which you don’t have time to do or just don’t want to do and give you time for more important things.

Your individual requirements are unique. A good housekeeper will adapt to your needs and make your life easier!

The burning question is, how much should you pay for a housekeeper?
Here are some things you should consider and the costs involved when hiring a housekeeper.

What Is The Average Cost of a Housekeeper?

The type of housekeeper you are looking to hire affects the average costs.

Expect to pay a housekeeper between £10 – £25 per hour (before tax deductions). The rate of pay varies greatly due to several factors that affect the salary.

What Are The Cost Factors of Paying a Housekeeper?

The cost factors take into account the type of housekeeper you are looking for, these include:

Size of your property

The size of your property determines whether your housekeeper is part- or full-time.

Part-time housekeepers are typically paid a higher hourly rate than a full-time housekeeper as one must take into account that they are supplementing their income with other revenue streams, and have to travel to and from your property, and others.

The type of duties

Do you need a housekeeper who only cleans and manages your house? Or do you need a housekeeper that can help with the children, too?

You might need a housekeeper that’s a great cook. And is therefore happy to help with shopping and preparing meals. The list of various duties is endless. So the type of housekeeper you pay for very much depends on their specific duties.

Bear in mind that higher-end duties such as cooking for dinner parties affects the hourly/weekly rate you pay.

Live in or live out

For clients looking to hire a full-time housekeeper, many consider offering accommodation in the house, on the grounds, or somewhere nearby as part of the package. This gives you more flexibility with the working hours, and reduce the time required for the housekeeper to commute.

Providing accommodation for a housekeeper is a very popular option as it decreases the salary you have to pay. Remember though that it’s not like-for-like. For example, if the value of the accommodation provided is worth £20,000, you cannot deduct the same amount from the salary!

The UK guidelines for employing a housekeeper allow you to decrease the salary slightly, but not greatly, and in keeping with employment laws.

For more detailed salary breakdown you can see our rates for, live in housekeepers, live out housekeepers and, part-time housekeepers

Why Should You Choose Polo & Tweed as The Most Trustworthy Housekeeper Recruitment Agency?

Polo & Tweed is the leading British and worldwide domestic agency. We work with clients in London and around the world match properties with the perfect housekeeper. We work closely with each client to cater to their specific needs and to help ease the stresses of recruiting a housekeeper.

We conduct extensive background and reference checks on the housekeepers we work with to ensure they are of the highest calibre, giving our clients peace of mind.

Whatever you are specifically looking for, we can help advise and guide you to the best plan of action.

Our agency fee comes with an extensive guarantee period. Sit back and relax while we do the hard work. All you have to do is review the housekeepers’ CVs, interview them and employ your choice for a trial period while we help arrange a formal offer.

We are with you from start to finish. You’ll have the support of a personal consultant while our dedicated team works hard to find you the perfect housekeeper!

If you’d like to know more, get in touch with us here and one of our recruitment consultants will get back to you to discuss the next steps.


  1. DuPuis Kathy says:

    I have been working for 20 Years as a housekeeper/Nanny. I was very dedicated-trustworthy and reliable. Now due to Covid 19 I lost my jobs. I hope you can help me out.

  2. Linda Wahyuwinata says:

    I dont have experience as a housemaid but i can do it if i have to. I found joys in helping others. Based on this characteristic I like to find a housemaid job in UK. I come from Indonesia. I have my own cafe business and work as a cook. But due to Covid I lost my business and can’t afford living in Indonesia. As a housemaid I definitely can cook. If I have to take care of children I can also do it as I like children. If you can help me out ftom my situation here I would be so grateful.

    • mm Aafke Meelen says:

      Thank you for your comment – you can apply to register on our books by completing the form on our website here. You can keep an eye on any of the roles you find interesting and can apply directly once you are registered!

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