It wasn’t too long ago that it was unusual for households in the UK to have domestic help, but the picture is changing. Now, says the Work Foundation, one in 10 households employs domestic help. In London the figure rises dramatically higher than this. Currently, there are some 2 million domestic workers in the UK.
Consequently, an increasing number of people are asking the question: how do we sort out what is the appropriate staff role for our household?
There are many issues to contemplate: what is the nature of the work? what is the appropriate description for the member of staff, whether it’s a housekeeper, carer or nanny? And how do you judge their capabilities and experience? What checks are necessary? What, if any, qualifications do they need? And then there are the legal issues, such as how do you draw up a contract of employment? How do you pay them?
It’s about now you could think: “It’s all very complicated, perhaps too complicated.”
Fortunately, there is an easy way round this maze by picking a specialised agency which has a depth and breadth of experience in such matters, and better still, one which has the commitment to personal service with whom you can simply chat and discuss matters.
Difficult to find? Well no, The Graham Agency is and has been for over 25 years consistently committed to providing the highest standards of personal service to clients and domestic staff candidates.
As its principal, Dianna Graham, explains: “We pride ourselves on understanding the unique requirements of each client through personalised contact, discussion and appreciation of their individual circumstances. We recognise the special relationship between clients and their domestic staff, matching not just individual skills and experience, but also acting as both catalyst and link to establish a rapport for mutual benefit.”
Suddenly everything becomes clearer and easier to put into place.