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Perfect Household Staff are an international recruitment agency who specialise in household management and domestic recruitment. The agency has been trading for over 15 years and is a trusted and respected source of private household staff. The domestic recruitment team search for candidates with a high level of experience, professionalism, attitude and personality to match your requirements and fill your vacancy.

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Our domestic recruitment team specialise in finding and securing the ideal vacant position for our candidates. The working opportunities which Perfect Household Staff offer will have a great salary and good working conditions whilst ensuring that you have employment status.

Paying Employee Tax and NI

All employees must make Tax and NI contributions, including temporary or part time employees. Employers, including domestic employers, legally have to make Tax and NI deductions from their employees' wage and pay this to the government on the employees behalf.

The Basics of How  it works?

All employees in the UK are obliged to contribute financially to the state through Pay As You Earn (PAYE).
Both Tax and National Insurance is deducted every time the employee is paid, throughout the year.
The employer is responsible for making those deductions and paying what they have collected to HMRC on your behalf.

Employer's Responsibilities

The family or families an employee works for are responsible for operating a PAYE scheme for them.
The family deduct the Tax and National Insurance an employee owes from their gross earnings.
The family then pay this to HMRC on the employees behalf.

Employee’s Responsibilities 

Check that they are registered under a PAYE scheme.
Keep a record of their payslips every time they are released.
A payslip will show how much Tax and NI a an employee is paying to HMRC, as well as their individual tax code, pension contributions and their net (take home) pay.
Important: Never assume that tax is automatically being paid by an employer, especially if regular pay slips are not being given. Many nannies have fallen foul of this and have experienced difficulties as a result.

The danger of NOT PAYING TAX

It is considered a criminal offence to not pay the correct amount of Tax and National Insurance. If caught, both an employer and an employee could face a series of penalties. These may include:
Repayments of any unpaid Tax and NI to HMRC including interest
Potential fines for lack of payments and also lack of RTI information
Criminal investigation with a risk of prosecution and imprisonment

Cash Payments

While being paid 'cash in hand' may seem nice and easy in the short term, it can create long term difficulties for the following;
Statutory rights, including Sick Pay, Maternity Pay and Redundancy
Applying for a mortgage or loan as lenders require proof of earnings. Often the last 6 payslips 

Perfect Household Staff Offer the following:

1. Check the employee has the right to work in the UK. 

The complete candidate document package will be submitted to you following the placement.

2. Negotiate a gross salary with your employee.

Many Employees want a net salary but we recommend agreeing a gross for numerous reasons.

3. Find out the total cost of employing any staff.

Your total cost will include your employee's gross wage, employer's NI, and possible pension contributions.

4. Ensure that a contract of employment is in place.

Perfect Household Staff will offer you  a template as part of our service. 

Employing Domestic Staff 

To see a wider range of Household Staff such as butlers, chauffeurs, chefs, personal assistant, etc... please click on the link - Household Staff for Hire

To find Specialist Childcare Services, please click on the link - Specialist Childcare Services

Our Residence & Estate Management services are found on this link - Residence & Estate Management

For an obligation-free quote or to discuss your requirements in more detail, please contact Perfect Household Staff by clicking here to email or phoning: +44 20 3318 4468

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Domestic & Estate Staff

Our experienced recruitment team have placed privet domestic staff for over a decade. We recruit for live in and live out, permanent or temporary staff, covering both full time and part time vacancies. Whether you are looking for a housekeeper, laundress, maid or cook, our recruiters are here to support you during the recruitment process as well as provide employment and payroll solutions following a successful placement.

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Governess, Maternity & Nannies (Childcare)

We have been working with professional childcare providers who are passionate about working with children. Perfect Household Staff started out as Perfect Nanny specialising in multilingual nannies who are prepared to travel internationally, live in or live out position, in permanent, seasonal or temporary childcare roles, sole charge or nanny share.

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Specialist Staff

Whether you are looking for a permanent, seasonal or temporary chef, chauffeur, butler, private security officer, gardener or domestic couples, your search has taken you to the right place. Perfect household staff provide professional, discreet and trustworthy specialist in all of these areas.

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Family Office & Corporate

Whilst providing private domestic recruitment solutions, our team are working with a number of private family offices in placing estate managers, PA’s, EA’s, financial analysts, operations managers, Business and Property Managers.

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Perfect Household Staff recruiters are always searching for experienced professional housekeepers who have been working in private family homes for a minimum of 3 years. If you enjoy your work as a domestic professional, we look forward to hearing from you. Current vacancies on our jobs board.


We are looking for professional nannies who are passionate about working with children and assisting their development. Nannies who have experience being employed as domestic professionals are always welcome at Perfect Household Staff. Current vacancies on our jobs board.

Butlers & Estate managers:

For over 15 years, we have been sourcing and placing top tier, highly professional domestic staff in the UK and internationally. Perfect Household Staff have worked with the most affluent families in the world ranging from celebrities to government officials and royal households. Current vacancies on our jobs board.


Professional chauffeurs who have been employed by private families or HNWIs are always welcome at Perfect Household Staff. Whether you are a chauffeur with their own vehicle or are used to managing an elite fleet, we have the latest new jobs available. Current vacancies on our jobs board.


We are searching for professional chefs who have experience working in private households or Michelin restaurants. We desperately need outstanding chefs who specialise in certain cuisines such as Mediterranean, Japanese, Cantonese, Chines, Russian and others. Good knowledge of diets is essential. Current vacancies on our jobs board.

Maternity Nurse

Our domestic staffing agency have been finding the perfect job for maternity nurses for over a decade. Perfect Household Staff have found jobs for multilingual professional maternity nurses, internationally as well as in the UK. Current vacancies on our jobs board. Current vacancies on our jobs board.

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