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Live-in carer

In truth, if you are a raging party animal, being a live-in carer is not the job for you. You are effectively on duty 24 hours a day, and you need to be there at night in case you’re required. 

“You need to have a calm, friendly nature, and be someone who enjoys others’ company,” says Stephanie Isaacs of Otus Live-in Care Ltd, which matches carers with live-in roles.

“You also need to be passionate about independent living for the elderly or those suffering from chronic illness or a disability.” 

Pay is around £455-£735 per week depending on experience, plus free board, lodging and travel. You need a few qualifications, such as a certificate in ‘Moving and Handling’, a background check and face-to-face interviews, plus you must have personal liability insurance. In addition to that, Isaacs says, “Care and empathy are the best qualifications you can bring to the job.”


Sorting your visa 

As a nanny, carer or housekeeper you need to sort out your own visa as you’re basically self-employed. This can be arduous and confusing, and there’s no guarantee your visa will be approved.

Try using a visa consultancy, such as Global Visas. They guide you through the process, and can increase your chances of approval by monitoring the constantly changing government legislations that may affect your application.


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