The Queen Of England Is Hiring!

You won't believe what the job will pay.

The Queen wants a maid. Domestic workers are notoriously poorly paid. But you'd think that the maid to the Queen of England might fare better than the typical housekeeper. But that's not how it works with the British Royal family, who employs a total of 1,200 workers. The official website for the British Monarchy has just posted a help-wanted advertisement for a housekeeper at the Queen's Holyroodhouse residence in Edinburgh, Scotland. The pay? £12,000, or $18,000 for 37.5 hours of work per week. (The pay -- roughly $9.60 an hour, assuming 50 weeks work a year --is just around the British minimum wage.)

The Queen, for her part, is the recent beneficiary of a 5 percent income increase next year, as the Telegraph reported, which means she's slated to receive £37.9 million, or $58 million. But the pay for this housekeeping position is in line with other recent openings posted by the Windsors; last year the Windsor family was hiring a housekeeper to clean Buckingham Palace and was getting paid the equivalent of $22,000 a year.

The Holyroodhouse gig pay is about the average pay for British maids and housekeepers, according to But it does come with some significant perks; the Holyroodhouse job comes with free lodging at the residence, which of course would help offset any strain caused by the low pay.

Interested in applying? The mandatory requirement is to "enjoy working as part of a team," and the duties will include caring for antiques and greeting guests.

The Bureau of Labor Statistics reports that maids and house cleaners in the U.S. earn an average annual salary of $21,820, but the National Domestic Workers Alliance (NDWA) surveyed its members and found one in four domestic workers paid below their state's minimum wage. (Federal minimum wage is $7.25 an hour.)

In recent years, domestic workers have begun rallying for greater rights, as AOL Jobs has reported. The NDWA was founded in 2007, and has since begun pushing states to pass Domestic Workers' Bill of Rights. And back in 2010, New York state was the first to enact such a measure. The law extended basic labor rights such as a day of rest for every seven work days to domestic workers.

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It won't change....UNTIL, no one applies for the positions. You see, some are willing to work for whatever they pay (including benefits) as it "fits" their needs. When no one "fits", and no one applies, and no one will work for that amount, things will change. Not until....

August 16 2013 at 11:35 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

This confuses me....this is a family who lives off the taxpayers and contributes nothing to cosiety? Disgusting. Why does England put up with it?

August 16 2013 at 10:52 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

- Eligibility to join the Royal Household Stakeholder pension scheme and receive a 15% employer contribution to a portable pension, death in service cover (four times salary), and ill health cover after six months’ service
- 25 days’ annual leave rising to 27 after three years and 30 after ten years’ service (pro rata for part-time or fixed-term contracts)’
- Excellent staff dining facilities at Buckingham Palace. Staff at all locations are provided with a free lunch each working day
- For those in housed positions, fully maintained accommodation with those in single accommodation being fully catered for
- Supportive sick pay scheme
- Employee Assistance Programme (independent information and counselling service) open to all employees and their immediate family
- Life event and volunteering leave
- Bicycle and mobile phone salary sacrifice schemes
- Interest free season ticket loans
- Discretionary car leasing scheme
- Complimentary tickets and special admission arrangements to, for example, the Royal Albert Hall
- Corporate discounts for staff purchases.

Flexible Working and Family Friendly
The Royal Household offers a number of benefits to promote a good work life balance and to support employees with family and other caring responsibilities:

Family Friendly
- Maternity/paternity/adoption leave
- Fertility treatment leave
- Parental leave
- Dependants leave
- Compassionate leave
- Child Care Vouchers

Flexible Working
- Home Working
- Variable Hours
- Part-time working
- Job share
- Unpaid Leave
- Additional Holiday Purchase
- Career Breaks.

August 15 2013 at 9:31 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Princess Diana did refer to the Royals as reptilians. I think I understand why now.

August 15 2013 at 7:51 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Cheap royals smh. You would think at least $30k a year.

August 15 2013 at 12:18 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Maybe the workers should strike, and demand an immediate doubling of their salary.

August 15 2013 at 6:46 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

The Queen of England certainly does not own Canada, Australia etc etc. as Monica believes. She is a figurehead ruler of Great Britain with little power left to the rule part of her duties. She mostly attends to charitable organizations and is a tourist attraction.

During WWII, she became an auto mechanic and served Britain as many women did in addition to providing emotional stabilization. As evidenced at the birth of the new royal baby, the Brits generally love the royal family.

August 15 2013 at 6:07 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Good, honest and reliable housekeepers are very hard to find and have a special value to any home. The problem is, many people apply for those jobs when they know absolutely nothing about running a house. Housekeeping is not a job anyone can just walk into and assume they can do. First of all, if a housekeeper is not
a self starter who looks for things to do, the employer is stuck spending so much time on instruction that she or he might as well do the ob him or herself.

August 15 2013 at 6:02 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Another case of why Obamacare DOES NOT WORK.

August 15 2013 at 3:06 AM Report abuse -4 rate up rate down Reply
2 replies to fjk196336's comment

O care doesn't start until 2014!

August 15 2013 at 3:22 AM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply

what has Obamacare have to do with this story about Great Britain, just can't pass up an opportunity to slam Obama.

August 15 2013 at 4:35 AM Report abuse +3 rate up rate down Reply
1 reply to lken06880's comment

yeah because they lack the intelligence to stay on topic, whihc is probably the reason why they are Republicans.

August 15 2013 at 6:21 AM Report abuse rate up rate down

Let's see:
The queen owns most of Canada, Australia, New Zealand, 80% of Britain, six counties in Northern Ireland and an assortment of other small islands around the world on which her trusty subjects planted flags in the monarch's name. It is estimated that her land wealth is a mere 33.5 TRILLION in US dollars. But of course judging by the comments made by the Greek German in a kilt, there is not enough money to run Buckingham Palace.
How weak are the British people to accept such rot? Good for the Irish they fought for their land against great odds. But then of course even the Normans could not conquer the Irish whereas England was conquered completely by the Normans. Even what is known as 'English' Law is really Norman law.
At this point, England is headed to become one big Disney Land.

August 15 2013 at 2:59 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
2 replies to monicadwatkins's comment

It 's for a housekeeper. What should they make? A million dollars a year?

August 15 2013 at 3:18 AM Report abuse -1 rate up rate down Reply

You are too thick to know about the royal estates and the income from them which is what supplies the funds the Queen get each year. Unless you are British, what does this have to do with you?

August 15 2013 at 4:38 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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