Now that is a good training job

So here’s my advice: apply to be a trainee butler for the Queen. The starting salary of £15,000 a year for 45 hours’ work a week might not be much, but think of the perks. Board, food and bills are all gratis, you receive on-the-job training and, thanks to last week’s Budget, from next April precisely £9,205 of your salary will go untaxed.

Some £250 a week disposable income after rent, bills, tax and food?

Gross that up and you\’re looking at £30 k or more (that\’s using one room in a shared flat in London as a comparator) which really isn\’t bad at all for a trainee.

And as is pointed out, with a reference from the Palace and say 6 or 7 year\’s experience you\’d be able to write your own contract with any number of social arrivistes or Americans (to the extent to which the two differ). £100 k and up is not unheard of for top butlers.

And 45 hours a week for a servant? Recall that the commute is going to be 3 minutes max: it\’s actually a blindingly good job offer.

Wonder how many applications they\’ll have?

6 comments on “Now that is a good training job

  1. Pace Adam Smith’s public executioner, this raises the question of why Her Majesty feels obliged to pay so generously. What disamenity is being compensated for?

  2. If the long-term potential extra earnings, just from having Buck House on your CV, are that great, she could probably charge people to do the job.

  3. Actually, there’s an idea to cut HM’s costs – auction off the job of Lord High Steward.

    With it would come the responsibility of paying, personally, for all the Royal Palace servants.

    She’d either get a fixed cost for all that work, or people might even pay to do it, partly for the snob value, partly if they could recoup part of the cost by charging underlings to do the underling jobs.

    Auction it for a set period (3-5 years?), and keep the winner up to the mark by dangling a gong from the Royal Victorian Order, level to depend on HM’s satisfaction.

    Various historic duties attached to the High Steward would have to be separated off; for example trying peers could be given to the Lord Chancellor. The Coronation role could be auctioned off separately amongst the peerage.

  4. Craig: Anything much less, and HMQ would effectively be paying less than the minimum wage. It might not look so good for her to be in breach of her own employment laws.

  5. Presumably, though, accommodation and bills would be taxable as benefits in kind, so perhaps not as generous an offer as it might at first appear.

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