Employment Allowance for employers of domestic staff

Diana Graham has recently written to the Chancellor of the Exchequer, appealing for the Employment Allowance on National Insurance Contributions to be extended to the employers of domestic staff.  You may read her letter to the Chancellor.

Are you looking for a fantastic housekeeping job?

Right now we have lots of clients who are currently seeking staff for housekeeping roles, whether as a housekeeper or a housekeeping couple.  The jobs are live-in, many requiring the staff to be able to drive and be willing to travel.  We have vacancies are across London, South East England / Home Counties and Europe.

If you're looking for a domestic staff job paying up to £500 per week net for a housekeeper, or £1,000 per week net for a couple, please contact us today.

Please call or email Karen or Diana - our details are at the top of the page - we would be delighted to talk with you.

The FREE Essential Guide to Employing Domestic Staff

The Essential Guide to Employing Domestic Staff, a free guide from The Graham Agency, is now available on our website.  It makes crucial reading for the millions of households that employ or are thinking of employing domestic staff.

Essential Guide to Employing Domestic Staff


Download your free copy of the The Essential Guide to Employing Domestic Staff (pdf).


There are some two million domestic workers in the UK according to 2013 statistics from The Work Foundation.  Housekeepers, nannies, carers and other domestic workers to literally millions of families are becoming essential helpers to cope with today’s busy life-styles.  But for many people employing someone is a new and potentially fraught experience. Our new guide - the first of its kind - walks you through the employment maze in clear, easy to understand, terms.

The Graham Agency

The Graham Agency supplies domestic staff in London, the Home Counties and farther afield.  Established in 1984, with offices in Mayfair and Highgate, our extensive client list has grown to include politicians, writers, television and media personalities as well as professionals in the City, law and elsewhere.  Most of our clients are professional women who need the support offered by The Graham Agency to achieve the maximum out of all aspects of their lives.

"Well, one person tells another and then they mention us to someone else and so our reputation blossoms", says Diana Graham, principal of The Graham Agency, explaining the success of the domestic recruitment agency.

Green door photoFrom the beginning, our ethos has been to supply first-class, trustworthy and reliable domestic staff to fine homes in London and the South East.  All enquiries for staff are dealt with in a discreet and professional manner to satisfy your individual needs.

Avoiding the care homes minefield

Another care home has been closed recently, and not for the first time, the reason is lack of care standards.

The Care Quality Commission ordered the immediate closure of Merok Park Nursing Home in Surrey after inspectors visited and concluded that the residents were “at significant risk of harm”.  Inspectors found the home dirty and unsafe with the smell of urine present.

The tattoo genie is out of the bottle

The traditional view of the tattooed body – essentially male and with a pre-disposition to being heavily muscled – is now so far out of date as to have no relevance in terms of social perceptions today.  Assuming. that is, that this concept was ever actually true in the first place.

Now, many females are as likely to sport tattoos as males, and it’s quite likely that the person working for you as domestic staff may just turn up for work one day sporting new body art, to use the in-phrase.

Shared Parental Leave - it's on its way

It’s coming up for Christmas time again with a host of things to remember, and just to add to the load, here is one more you must not forget which affects everyone who employs domestic staff, or indeed, any staff at all.

1 December 2014 was the start date for the introduction of Shared Parental Leave, three words which could well usher in a host of complications as employers seek to maintain the staff cover needed while meeting all the requirements of this piece of legislation.

Getting help from HMRC

If you are an employer, of domestic staff, for instance, then sometimes the mere mention of HM Revenue and Customs can send a shiver down the spine.  However, a new service provided by this organisation falls very definitely in the “Very Helpful” category.

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