The Queen is hiring a new housekeeping assistant to work at the Palace of Holyroodhouse – the royal’s residence in Edinburgh. The job advert promises the right applicant will work among “incredible surroundings” and gain professional skills.
This role will pay £9.50 per hour – which amounts to the new rate of the National Living Wage coming into force next April following Chancellor Rishi Sunak Budget announcement last month.
The current rate of the National Living Wage stands at £8.91 per hour for anybody aged 23 and over.
The advertisement explains the Royal Household has two types of contracts available – part-time at 20 hours per week and full-time at 40 hours per week.
Applicants should expect to work across five days from Monday to Sunday.
Describing the role, the Royal Household said the right applicant will be encouraged to gain new skills among other perks.
The job advertisement read: “This is a career pathway in hospitality that will develop your housekeeping skills and expertise.
“Joining our professional team, you’ll upkeep, clean and care for a wide range of interiors and items, ensuring they’re presented to their very best.
“Learning from your colleagues, you’ll gain the specialist professional skills needed, always aiming for the highest standards. And you’ll welcome and take care of guests at functions and events too.
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“In an environment where development and training is commonplace, you’ll be able to grow your skills.”
The right applicant won’t necessarily have previous housekeeping or hospitality experience, the advert continued.
The Household said to be “more interested in your proactive approach and ability to tackle new challenges”.
Being a team player, however, is important, as the right applicant will be “happy to get involved in a range of tasks to support others”.
Detailing the attributes the next housekeeping assistant at Holyroodhouse should have, the advert added: “Well organised and with good time management skills, you can meet deadlines and work efficiently to get jobs done.
“Above all, you’ll be eager to learn new skills and develop a hospitality career.
“This is your opportunity to use your enthusiasm and interest in hospitality to deliver the exceptional.”
The Queen normally visits the Palace of Holyroodhouse at least once a year, during her Royal Week.
Taking place between June and July, the Royal Week sees the monarch meeting Scots of all walk of life as well as business leaders and charity workers.
This summer, the Queen visited Stirling, Edinburgh and Glasgow as part of her tour – while accompanied first by Prince William and later by Princess Anne.
While at the Palace of Holyroodhouse, the Queen also hosts a garden party.
This did not happen in 2020 and in 2021 due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.
The monarch’s main residence has traditionally been Buckingham Palace but, since March 2020, she has been living at Windsor Castle.
Since the beginning of the pandemic, the Queen has returned to her London palace only on a handful of occasions – including the state opening of Parliament in May and the launch of the Queen’s Baton Relay in October.
Over the past months, it has been reported she will continue to be based at her home in Berkshire even after the end of the Covid pandemic and use the palace in London as her working office.