Wanted: Housekeeping Assistant for Buckingham Palace

10月21・22日付のTelegraph(テレグラフ)紙Sky Newsで、エリザベス女王や王室に仕えるハウスキーピング・アシスタント(所謂メイド)募集が、王室公式ウェブサイトに掲載されたとの報道があった。王室メンバーやゲスト用ベッドルーム52室、大広間19室、78ものバスルームを含む部屋数775室を誇り、年間5万人の貴賓やゲストが訪れる、世界で最も有名な王宮であるバッキンガム宮殿で働けるなんて、滅多にないチャンス。しかも王室のマナーやエチケットを学べ、履歴書の超目玉にもなる。申し込み締め切り日はあいにく10月26日だったらしいが、約1200人もの従業員を擁する王室のウェブサイトの求人情報には、随時求人が掲載されている。


According to the news on Telegraph (Oct 21) and Sky News (Oct 22), the Queen put an advert on the official website of the British Monarchy, looking for housekeeping assistant who works for her. It is a great experience, working at the Buckingham Palace, the most popular royal residence in the world where more than 50,000 people visit each year, with 775 rooms including 52 royal and guest bedrooms, 19 state rooms and 78 bathrooms. You can learn royal etiquettes, and it will be a great addition to your CV or résumé, or at least, you have so many things to talk to your friends & family. Interested? Unfortunately, the application deadline was October 26 and it was too late. However, the monarchy employes around 1,200 people, and you can check the vacancies online for other jobs.

It is interesting to see what you would get and what you would do, if you could get the job. The wage is £273@week or £14,200@year for 40-hours@week labour, and food and accommodation is provided. There is a long lists of tasks on the advert (see the job description below), but in short, the post-holder is responsible for “high-quality cleaning, presentation and guest care,” and is required to travel to other Royal residences such as Balmoral, Sandringham, and Windsor, for three months of the year. She (or he?) must: be friendly, polite and meticulous; possess good time management skills; be able to prioritise tasks; be reliable; be punctual; and commit to maintaining and providing the highest standards of service and care. I would really want to see who got this job!


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