Trades & Services

Butler

Butlers provide personal services including managing a household, valet services, chauffeuring and serving at formal meals.

  • Entry-level education

    Private training course

  • Job outlook

    1 2 3 4 5

What does a Butler do?

Butlers provide personal services including managing a household, valet services, chauffeuring and serving at formal meals.

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Work activities

As a butler, your duties would vary depending on your employer, but you might:

  • manage a household and staff
  • manage your employer's diary, and book restaurants and travel
  • organise and prepare meals
  • serve at dinners and social functions
  • perform chauffeuring and valet duties
  • look after house guests.
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Key skills and interests

To become a butler, you would need:

  • tact, loyalty and discretion
  • an understanding of formal etiquette
  • excellent communication skills
  • strong organisational skills
  • a broad range of household management skills
  • the ability to work with a wide range of people.
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Working hours and conditions

Working Hours

Your working hours will depend on your employer. There are likely to be times when you will need to work long and unsocial hours.

Conditions

You could work for organisations like embassies, luxury hotels and cruise ships, or for wealthy individuals in private households.

If you are working for a private employer as part of a small staff group, you may be working alone for long periods of time. You may also need to adapt to cultural differences if you are working for an overseas employer.

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How to become an Butler?

Entry Level Education

You don't need any specific qualifications to become a butler. There are a number of private courses available which teach traditional butler skills, and may help you to find employment through work placements. It will help if you have some knowledge or experience of the hospitality or personal services industries before you begin a butlering course.

You will need good IT skills, and to be comfortable using devices such as smartphones, laptops and tablets.

Being able to speak a second language may also be useful in finding work with clients whose first language is not English.

You will usually need a full drivers’ licence as your work may involve chauffeuring services.

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Job outlook

  • 1 2 3 4 5

This is a very small and specialised occupation. Butlers often gain employment through recommendations or through placements as a result of undertaking private courses.

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