The Queen Is Looking for a New Housekeeper—And the Gig Could Come With a Room at Buckingham Palace
If all the hullabaloo for the upcoming Downton Abbey movie has given you a hankering for a career in the British hospitality industry, how about a housekeeping gig for Queen Elizabeth II herself? She’s looking for a full-time “housekeeping assistant,” and the position boasts some serious perks.
The job’s primary location will be either Buckingham Palace or Windsor Castle, and you can opt to live wherever you’re stationed. Each residence offers unique opportunities for royal family sightings: according to Insider, the Queen mainly lives at Buckingham Palace, but Harry and Meghan live in Frogmore Cottage, which is on the Windsor grounds. The job listing mentions that you’ll also travel to other royal residences.
Accepting the live-in option will result in a salary adjustment, but the on-site amenities alone might make up for it. Buckingham Palace boasts a staff gym, swimming pool, and squash and tennis courts.
No housekeeping background? No problem. Although previous housekeeping or hospitality experience would be an advantage, it’s not a requirement; management cares more about “your proactive approach and ability to tackle new challenges.” Also named are several soft skills needed for the job, but they’re pretty similar to what you’d expect to see in any standard job listing: attention to detail, high standards, time management skills, ability to work with a team and meet deadlines, efficiency, and good old-fashioned enthusiasm.
Though you’ll spend a fair amount of time on behind-the-scenes cleaning, you’ll also have the opportunity to “take care of guests and work front-of-house to support functions and events.”
The starting salary isn’t listed, but the job comes with 33 vacation days, a 15 percent employer contribution pension scheme, and a benefits package. The application is open through September 15, and you can apply here. (Maybe brush up on these etiquette rules first, though.)