In Britain, butlers may seem like a relic of another era, but in some other countries, particularly emerging economies, they are in huge demand - and their employers can often afford to pay handsomely for the privilege.
....Sara Vestin Rahmani, director and founder of London's Bespoke Bureau British Butler and Housekeeper Academy, placed one newly-trained butler in the United Arab Emirates this year on an annual salary of 582,000 Emirati Dirhams - the equivalent of £100,000 or $158,000.Not to mention;
The perks don't stop at a tax-free salary in the sunshine. Dillon gets August and September off to see his family in the UK, private jet travel as standard, a luxury apartment - and bonuses if he's lucky, which, he admits, he usually is.Nice work if you can get it. And you can get it if you train;
The popularity of British period drama Downton Abbey may also have contributed to the buzz, says William Hanson, who has trained butlers for private families all over the world and leads etiquette sessions at The English Manner, a British protocol-training firm, which recently opened a branch in Dubai.
...."Dubai very much 'gets' the need for this type of training," Hanson says. "The new British general public just doesn't see the need. They are quite arrogant in that regard, thinking they are above it all because we invented it. Yet around the world, Old England is still perceived as the hallmark of standards and good taste - and rightly so!"