Maids were once an element of a detailed structure in impressive houses. In the modern era, a maid can be the sole household worker that upper and even middle-income families can manage to pay for, unlike families centuries ago. Today, in the western world, there are a small number of families who have the capacity to pay for live-in household help. In several countries, there are specific laws and regulations concerning the minimum wages, working hours, and living conditions of hired maids or household help.
Kinds of Domestic Maids
Conventionally, maids have a permanent position in large households. In these large households, the usual classifications include maid, scullery maid, kitchen maid, nursery maid, house maid, and lady’s maid.
A between maid is answerable to the cook, housekeeper, and butler in the household. While a scullery maid is accountable for washing up glassware, crockery, cutlery, and washing the floors of the kitchen. Kitchen maids are under the supervision of the household cook and are responsible for the simpler cooking and the preparation and presentation of the food cooked for serving.
A nursery maid takes care of the children’s nursery, maintains order and cleanliness, and is under the supervision of the household nanny. A house maid is better paid compared to the other maids in the household. While a lady’s maid is directly under the supervision of the lady of the household.
Skills and Qualifications
A maid has to have attention to detail and a gracious and professional personality. Also, a maid must be able to follow directions properly. Physical strength is also an advantage for lifting heavy household items and furniture when needed.
Anyone can be a maid as there are no specific education requirements needed for this job position. However, there are some individuals and agencies that prefer maids with training certificates and those without a criminal background. Some will perform a background check before hiring a maid.
Duties and Responsibilities
Generally, a modern maid and housekeeping cleaner is a mishmash of light cleaning responsibilities to sustain private households or business establishments in a dirt free and methodical manner. A maid has several tasks including cleaning the locker room, stairways, elevators, corridors, restroom, lobbies, hallways and rooms; cleaning draperies and upholstered furniture, rugs and carpets; emptying wastebaskets and transporting them to the disposal areas. Also, a maid is responsible for taking care of the elderly and the children, and keeping an eye on their activities and safety; washing the dishes and cleaning the kitchen silverware and utensils; taking care of the household pets; and running errands and purchasing groceries. These are some of the common duties and tasks of a modern maid and household cleaner.
Salary and Compensation
Typically, a maid makes $9 per hour. However, those who have wide-ranging experience, or those maids who work in places with an elevated cost of living usually takes home $16 for each hour of work rendered. House cleaners and maids usually depend on the tips to increase their salary. In this line of work, a maid who usually works harder makes more money.*
*According to the BLS, http://www.bls.gov/oco/