Queen hiring maid for official residence but could pay them less than £10k

The Queen is hunting for a new maid to tend to her needs at her official Scottish residence, but may only pay them £9,880.

The housekeeping assistant's job at the Palace of Holyroodhouse, Edinburgh, will pay £9.50-an-hour – the same as the new Living Wage which will come into force in April.

The advertisement on the monarchy's website has two types of contracts available, one offering 40 hours-a-week and another offering 20 hours-a-week, meaning that the maximum annual salary will be £19,760.

The job description also notes that successful candidates must be willing to work on weekends.

Although previous housekeeping experience is preferred, it is not essential. Instead, Her Majesty is looking for a "proactive" maid ready to perform at "the highest standards".

The advert says: "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.

"You’ll enjoy working as part of a team and are happy to get involved in a range of tasks to support others.

"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."

As well as the general upkeep of the palace, the successful candidate will be responsible for greeting and taking care of the Queen's esteemed guests.

They'll be rewarded with 33 days holiday and a 15% employer contribution pension scheme on top of the salary.

The vacancy closes next Monday (November 8) so anybody keen on working in the world of the royals needs to act fast.

The Queen is also looking to take a gardener on at Windsor Castle who will earn £19,500-a-year.

The successful candidate will need "a passion for horticulture, along with relevant experience and a good working knowledge of plants and turf care", and must also be willing to work on weekends.

The gardening vacancy closes on Sunday.

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