The Queen Is Looking For A Live-In Housekeeper For Less Than Minimum Wage
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If you've ever fancied your chances at managing a royal household then you're in luck, as the Queen is on the hunt for a live-in housekeeper. Although, you'll be paid less than minimum wage for the pleasure.
The ideal candidate will 'enjoy working as part of a team', have a 'proactive approach' and 'aim for the highest standards' in all that they do, according to the job ad, with the employee expected to take on a 40-hour working week at either Buckingham Palace or Windsor Castle.
"This is a career pathway in hospitality that will develop your housekeeping skills and expertise," the ad explains.
"Joining our professional team, you’ll upkeep, clean and care for a wide range of interiors and items, ensuring they’re presented to their very best.
"Learning from your colleagues, you’ll gain the specialist professional skills needed, always aiming for the highest standards. And you’ll welcome and take care of guests at functions and events too.
"This is your opportunity to use your enthusiasm and passion to deliver the exceptional."
The ad emphasises how the palaces are a busy environment to work in, but that with 'good time management skills', you should have no issues meeting tight deadlines.
"Previous housekeeping or hospitality experience would be an advantage but is not essential. We’re more interested in your proactive approach and ability to tackle new challenges," the ad continues.
While looking after a royal household could be the dream for some (not going to lie, I wouldn't mind being able to pop Buckingham Palace down as my delivery address for my next ASOS shop), according to the ad, the job only pays £7.97 per hour – £1.93 less than the UK's living wage. But to be fair, you do get to live in a literal palace with 'meals provided' so I suppose that makes up for it, right?
Also included in the package is a 15 percent employer contribution pension scheme ‘plus benefits’ as well as 33 days of holiday allowance, including bank holidays.
Candidates have until 19 June to get their applications in, with interviews set to take place the following month. So, if it seems like a bit of you, now's your chance.
The vacancy comes in the lead up to the Queen's Platinum Jubilee, as the monarch celebrates a record-breaking 70 years on the throne.
Brits have been treated to a four-day weekend, with several events including a concert, birthday parade and a Big Jubilee Lunch planned to mark the occasion.