Butlers carry out personal and household tasks for their employers.

Average annual salary (starting - experienced): £15,000 - £50,000

Typical hours (a week): 41 - 43

How to become a butler

You could get into this job through:

  • applying directly
  • specialist courses run by private training organisations

Direct application

You can apply for work directly or through a housekeeping agency if you have:

  • experience of the hospitality or personal services industries
  • the ability to speak a second language, if you're looking to work with clients whose first language is not English

Other routes

You can get a qualification in butler skills which may improve your employment chances. There are private courses that teach traditional and modern professional butler skills, like:

  • valeting, including clothing and shoe care
  • setting a formal dining table and providing a waiting service
  • social etiquette, dining etiquette and international etiquette and protocols
  • confidence and deportment

What it takes

Skills & Knowledge

You'll need:

  • excellent verbal communication skills
  • active listening skills
  • customer service skills
  • sensitivity and understanding
  • leadership skills
  • patience and the ability to remain calm in stressful situations
  • the ability to work well with others
  • concentration skills
  • to be able to carry out basic tasks on a computer or hand-held device

What you'll do

Day to day

Your day-to-day duties may include:

  • personal assistant duties such as diary management and booking restaurants and travel
  • representing your client at meetings
  • managing the household and staff
  • table setting and serving food and drinks
  • chauffeur duties
  • looking after guests
  • wine cellar management
  • cooking and meal preparation
  • flower presentation and design
  • valeting such as clothing and shoe care
  • taking care of pets
  • organising shoots on country estates

Working environment

You could work at a client's home, in a hotel or on a cruise ship. You may need to wear a uniform.

Career path and progression

Career path & progression

Once you have a wide range of experience and contacts in the industry, you could look at setting up your own business, like a butler training school or a butler recruitment agency.

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