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Vacancy Details

Gardener/Housekeeper Couple (P/T) - REF No. HQ5348

Industry Sector: Hotel and Catering, Pub Management
Location: Andover, Hampshire, England

Salary: circa £12.5 per Hour

FRS Office: FRS Headquarters
Consultant: William Son

Job Summary

A couple is required to provide part-time gardening, minor general maintenance and cleaning services at the client's premises in a village between Andover and Salisbury, in return for free accommodation; a package worth £12,500 p/a tax free. The gardening will require around 16 hours a week and housekeeping for 10 hours a week (not Sundays), where hours are flexible across the day. Additional maintenance/gardening work would also be available for applicants with relevant experience during the first twelve months while settling in, taking overall package to approx. £24k Applications from suitably experienced ex-military personnel who would welcome the opportunity to live in free accommodation and work less than 26 hours / week are strongly encouraged.

Detailed Job Description

A couple is required to provide part-time gardening, minor general maintenance and cleaning services at the client's premises in a village between Andover and Salisbury, in return for free accommodation; a package worth £12,500 p/a tax free. The gardening will require around 16 hours a week and housekeeping for 10 hours a week (not Sundays), where hours are flexible across the day. Additional maintenance/gardening work would also be available for applicants with relevant experience during the first twelve months while settling in, taking overall package to approx. £24k

Applications from suitably experienced ex-military personnel who would welcome the opportunity to live in free accommodation and work less than 26 hours / week are strongly encouraged.

Key Responsibilities:

Gardening - mowing lawns, cutting hedges, blowing leaves, cutting timber, sweeping tennis court, tending shrubs, watering fertilizing, weed-killing, planting bulbs; and any other seasonal activities in a garden of approx. 4 acres.

Maintenance - outside window cleaning (once or twice a year), power washing the patios, cleaning debris from gutters (be willing to work at height), basic vehicle maintaining, general handyman work.

Cleaning - vacuuming, dusting, mopping, polishing wood floors (wax), small amount of ironing, making beds, bathrooms, kitchen, loading/unloading dishwasher & washing machine, polishing brass and silver, thorough cleaning of kitchen (including oven and hob). Keeping clean the steps and patio outside the front of the house. In winter months, clean fire grate after use and make sure log basket is full. In summer months, make sure outdoor furniture is cleaned on a weekly basis and barbecue cleaned after use.

Person Specification:

Essential:

For Gardener -

* Physically fit and happy to work outdoors in all weather
* Mechanically competent to be able to replace a fuse, clean a spark plug, change car wheel, and others.
* Plenty of energy and willingness to learn. No horticultural knowledge required.
* Reasonable literacy

For Housekeeper -

* Physically fit
* Neat & tidy
* Willing and able to learn, flexible and be adaptable
* Respectful of delicate household items

Both -

* Reasonably skilled in IT (e.g. able to send emails)
* Be discreet, hardworking
* No-smoking permitted in the accommodation
* The accommodation on offer will not suit a couple with full time live-in dependants, or pets.
* Either/or be a Car owner/driver. Willing on occasion to drive distances up to 80 miles, including London (fuel etc. reimbursed)

Desirable:

For Gardener -

* Prior gardening knowledge
* Have general handyman skills, such as painting & decorating

For Housekeeper -

* Used sewing machine

Hours:

Would offer reasonable flexibility.

Gardening requires 16 hours a week arranged as either 2 x full days of 8 hours or any other different combination; however not during Sundays.

Accommodation Benefits:

* Large Kitchen with Dining Table, Fridge Freezer, hob and oven
* Living Room
* Bedroom 1 (Visitors) with space for double bed
* Bedroom 2 (Principal) with space for double bed
* Bathroom with shower over bath, WC, basin, washing machine
* Separate additional WC
* Outside Parking
* Council Tax, gas space heating, water supply, and basic Wi-Fi Included
* Can be furnished OR unfurnished
* Not included: Electricity, fixed line telephone


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