We understand at Happy Home that some families prefer to find their new nannies and housekeepers on their own, rather than commissioning the services of reputable agencies such as ourselves.
We offer several different options for you – from assisting you from the very beginning of your search, to just being on hand for ad hoc help at different points of your search. The options can be chosen either as bundled packages or as specific items.
We offer an over the telephone consultancy with a trained and experienced consultant, providing you with:
- guiding you on the professional market
- advising you on your options
- helping define the right package to offer your new employee
- providing information on the average hours for live in candidates
- Showing you places to personally advertise your role
- sharing with you the market rates a professional candidate would expect
- interview tips for your first interviews with prospective candidates.
£100 per hour for a home visit and £45 per each additional hour there after
£75 per hour for over the phone consultancy with £35 per hour there after
Interviewing your candidates
At Happy Home we have many years of experience and are happy to offer you a selection of interview tips along with a defined structure for you to be able to conduct an in depth interview – this should ensure that following an interview, you feel confident that you have found out all you need and you don’t have any questions popping up in the middle of the night.
Furthermore, we can provide onsite assistance during an interview, whereby one of our consultants will join you at your home and interview the candidates with you, giving you professional feedback afterwards.
Interviewing candidates at our offices, during office hours - £200 – maximum of 4 candidates
Interviewing candidates alongside client at home - £250 – Maximum of 4 candidates
And £30 extra charge per hour for out of office hours and weekends
Reference CheckingOnce you have found shortlisted your candidates, or found the right one, you want to make sure that their previous history is as declared, and that they have had a good, professional working relationship with past employers. We will professionally check up to 3 verbal references using information provided by the candidate and provide you with the documented findings of the verbal conversation, including our professional verdict. We use our own in house developed process for verbal reference checks, designed by experienced consultants, to make sure we cover all aspects of the candidate’s skills and personality. We can also follow up on any non-standard specific questions you may have.
£75 fixed fee for a maximum of 3 references
Assisting CRB enhanced criminal bureau checkAt Happy Home we have an excellent relationship with Enable, who provide enhanced CRB checks. We can work with the candidate to fill out the official form and retrieve all the necessary documentation. We then send this with our company sponsorship, and the CRB certificate is sent to the domestic worker within 6 – 10 weeks. We also receive notification of the results here and we would inform you on their arrival. An enhanced CRB can not be obtained by a family and can only be done through a business such as ours.
Fixed fee of £75
Fully comprehensive employment contractAn employment contract for a domestic worker can be quite different to a standard, off-the-shelf one, and is in either case a complex document that requires time and care to draw up appropriately to your position.. We can draw up and provide you with a fully comprehensive and legally verified employment contract for your new domestic worker, which will abide by the Recruitment and Employment Confederation’s guidelines and would include all the information on sick pay, holiday entitlement, disciplinary action and notice periods. After speaking with you in detail about the agreed duties and responsibilities, we will send you a draft copy of the employment contract, and once you have confirmed this we will send out a copy for both yourself and your new domestic worker.
Fixed Fee of £40 mock copy
Fixed fee of £60 for drawn up copy to meet the client’s specific needs
Package one:Initial at home consultancy for one hour
Interviewing a maximum of 4 candidates at the clients home inside work hours
Providing verbal references a maximum of 3
CRB enhanced police check
Comprehensive contract drawn up for the client’s specific needs
All inclusive £500 (a saving of £60 on the individual item cost)
Package two:Reference checks (maximum of 3)
CRB enhanced police check
Employment contract drawn up for the client’s specific needs
All inclusive £180 (a saving of £30 on the individual item cost)