I watched the Edwardian Country House programme last night. It's a cracking series. As others have commented they really do seemed to have picked the right people for the right jobs on the whole. I don't know if it is deliberate policy but the scullery maids seem to have no clue as to what was involved. One of them said, "this job isn't all its cracked up to be".
If I lived around that time I don't know what job I would have, there being no computers. I would probably end up being an accounts clerk or some other office worker. I certainly wouldn't want to be below stairs, too much like hard work. I would feel guilty being above stairs, being the idle rich. Though probably if I was born that way I wouldn't question it.
A good cause to give a few clicks to.