How To Find The Right Domestic Staff Agency
Most people look for domestic staff in one of four ways: They use an agency, ask friends and acquaintances for referrals, look through local business listings, or place a help-wanted ad. Any of these methods can work, but there are some things to consider.
If you decide to hire someone through an ad, get references and check them thoroughly. There are plenty of honest, reliable workers out there—make sure they’re the ones you hire.
Personal referrals can be an excellent source, since they offer a proven track record and may require less research. If you have extensive domestic staffing needs, an agency may be your best bet; it will do the footwork for you.
While people are generally careful when hiring a butler or personal assistant, they may be less inclined to go through a lengthy interview process for a gardener or housekeeper. Still, using a domestic staff agency can save a lot of work and provide an extra degree of security.
The process is fairly straightforward. A client calls the domestic staff agency with a staffing request, giving requirements and preferences. The agency reviews its available applicants, searching for the best match, provides the client with a list of names and profiles, then sets up interviews.
The client makes the final decision. Typically, salary and benefits are negotiated between the client and applicant, with the domestic staff agency taking a fixed fee or percentage of the annual salary agreed upon.
The advantage of going through a domestic staff agency is that everybody is legal, everybody has references and experience, and all references have been checked.
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