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Domestic Couple Salary Guide

How much should I pay a domestic couple?

There are a number of factors to consider when defining a suitable salary for a domestic couple, including the number of working hours and the specific tasks you require.

Hiring a domestic couple is a cost-effective way of bringing a seamless team to your home to ensure domestic tasks run smoothly. They are often able to complete work in several domestic areas and usually have joint accommodation costs and salaries.

The suggested salary will be dependent on whether you are looking for couple to do housekeeping duties, cooking, estate management, childcare, DIY, gardening or a combination of tasks.

It’s important to consider the level of experience, skill or qualifications needed when determining a salary for a domestic couple.

The location of the role (London, countryside or international) will also be a large contributing factor for defining a suitable salary.

You must also be aware that all employees are entitled to a workplace pension.

It is normal for domestic couples to stipulate a salary in terms of ‘net per week’. This is the figure that is paid into the employees’ bank accounts after their Tax & National Insurance contributions.


Arranging payroll for domestic couples

A helpful service for those wishing to employ a domestic couple is StaffTax.

A domestic couple salary calculator is available to aid with gross-net pay conversions. You can even arrange payroll through StaffTax to supply your domestic couple with payslips for weekly/monthly payroll (hard copies & electronic). There is an annual fee for this service. A team are available Monday-Friday to assist you with any queries such as payroll & employment contract advice.


The following suggested salaries for domestic couples are a guideline:

Full time live-in domestic couple £850-1000 (net per week)

For full-time live-in domestic couples, we recommend a salary of £850-1000 (net per week).

  • Domestic couples typically work 50-60 hours a week.
  • Minimum statutory holiday for full-time domestic couples is 20 days plus 8 public holiday days.

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