How To Become A Butler in Private Households

Updated: Jun 28

Butler holding cup and paper on tray in the gardens

How to become a Butler for HNW families?

You have seen Downton Abbey haven’t you? Now you want to become a Butler and work in a country home surrounded by glamour and drama. Well it is not all amazing but it is rewarding and a good career to choose to pursue. What does a Butler do? Where can you work as a Butler? What salary can you earn as a Butler? Is it all lavish and exciting working in the grand houses where you see a Butler. A Butler's role is an important one, a busy one and will have you doing everything in the home for your principle. When working in a fully staffed house as a Butler, the nice aspect of the job are the other members of staff you will have around you. Nannies, Chef’s, Chauffeurs, Close Protection and not just limited to these. What does a Butler do? • Household management – e.g. shopping, setting routines and schedules, laundry management, security • Domestic staff management - e.g. interviewing prospective staff, ensuring house rules are correctly observed by domestic staff • Management of properties and possessions – e.g. corporate offices, yachts, second homes • Table management – e.g. setting tables and serving meals • Chauffeuring - e.g. driving family members or guests as needed • Pet care – e.g. coordinating vet appointments and grooming • Valeting – e.g. care of clothing and accessories • Miscellaneous – e.g. running errands, flower arranging, silver polishing, looking after the needs of guests • Food related duties – e.g. meal planning, maintaining inventories of supplies, quality control YOU WILL BE BUSY!! When working for a High Net Worth family as their Butler, you can travel the world with the role. They may be based in London, but have multiples homes Internationally. You may be expected to travel with them whenever they go to one of their other homes abroad. You can also find a permanent job abroad as a Butler, from working in the Middle East to the USA. The world’s your oyster! Butler Training There are no specific qualifications needed to become a butler, but to maximise your earning potential it is advisable to seek Butler training. Training is usually fairly broad, practical and focused on skills, and will equip you with everything you need for you first private butler appointment. The following are well regarded butler training providers: • British Butler Institute - Training can be for up to four weeks, and typically you will be awarded certifications for the disciplines you have covered. A four-week training course will set you back upwards of £4,500. A Butler's Salary A trained Butler would be looking at a salary in the region starting at £50,000, and this will move up as the experience follows. A Butler’s salary can go up to what a family is willing to pay and they think you are worth. Some Butler’s have earnt in the region of £80,000+

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