A friendly South African family based in Richmond, London are looking for a German speaking housekeeper to join their family home.
A busy family, the husband works full time and the mother is busy with her projects and schedule each week. They have two children aged 7 and 9, and three step children who are at university (fully grown). The eldest children spend time in the family house when term time is finished, so the house can be busy or quiet! The family also travel for around 3 months of the year, so there is sometimes no one in the house at all! It's a large property with five bedrooms and bathrooms. They had a housekeeper who is now moving on, so the family are looking for a new long term replacement!
As a live out housekeeper, the family would require you to be in charge of all the housework, cleaning, ironing to a high standard. Also some cooking and tidying up after meals. Due to mum sometimes being out and about, you should be child friendly and happy to help with the children and be sole charge of them in the house if both parents are out. You should therefore understand children and be comfortable around them. You will also be asked to run errands, go to the shops/post office etc on occasions. What's important for this family is that you are a valued member of the household. Their last housekeeper was part of the family, and they are looking for a long term housekeeper. You will also help the children with their German homework on occasion.
The family home is in Richmond, this is a live out role.
Monday, Wednesday, Friday. Currently the housekeeper is working 12:00-7:00pm (sometimes finishing a little later depending on the day) these three days, but the family are open to have some flexibility. You should be happy to do additional hours here and there for additional babysitting. Occasionally the family go away at the weekends and you might be asked to help with babysitting/childcare here and there on top of these working ours.
You should speak a good level of English. You must also speak German to mainly speak to the children and help them with German homework on occasion.
You must be an experienced housekeeper and cleaner. You must have a driving licence and be a confident driver. You should live within easy commuting distance to Richmond.
Between £12 - £15 gross p/h plus overtime. The family will try to equal out the salary on a pro-rata basis, so that even on the 3 months they are away (and you aren't needed) you are still getting a regular salary, rather than paid for the exact hours you do every month. You will also get overtime for extra hours worked whenever requested by the family.
The family is interviewing now for start ASAP.