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?