How much is the royal dishwasher paid? 

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The Royal Family has posted a job advert on the Monarchy website, offering £14,200 a year for someone to do the washing up. There are a few downsides to the role, including regular weekend work, and the fact you have to travel around palaces in the UK - which could play havoc with your social life.

But would you fancy the job?


The job

The job advert describes the duties as "maintaining the cleanliness of the Staff Restaurant, wash-up areas and equipment in accordance with the Health and Hygiene Regulations." It means you're not cleaning up after Her Majesty, but after the other members of staff.

In addition it says that "You must be willing to work away at other royal residences for approximately 3 months of the year". And there will be those for whom the prospect of being bussed up to Balmoral in the middle of winter will not be all that attractive.

As ever, the Monarchy has fairly high standards. In addition to basics like being punctual and reliable, happy to travel (and work weekends) it's also after people who "work well in a team and have a flexible and willing attitude". There would be those who might start to wonder just how much flexibility will be required of them for £14,000 a year.

However, the flip side is that it's a great addition to your CV. If you're working in kitchens, then it's better to be able to put The Queen on your list of former employers than your local pub. In most cases it will at least get you an interview from those who are intrigued by your working history, and it carries a snob value that could lead onto other interesting jobs.

Is this fair?

Typically when it comes to working for the Royal Household the snob factor has tended to be balanced against some less competitive rates of pay. As we reported back in October, the Royal Family was advertising for a gardener at roughly the same rate, and was looking for someone with qualifications and experience.

This role may only pay £300 a week, but it's closer to the going rate for this sort of job. According to Salary Track, the average wage of a kitchen porter is £13,000, so this isn't a bad wage, especially for someone without qualifications or experience. Assuming standard hours and holidays, it works out at slightly more than £7 an hour, which is what it pays its seasonal retail and ticket sales staff.

But what do you think? Is this a fair sum for someone who is expected to travel the country at a moment's notice? is it a good opportunity or exploitation of the unqualified and desperate? Let us know in the comments.

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