Employment Practise & Nannies (Part 1)

In the next few blogs we’ll explore some practical guides to hiring Nannies, and, being hired as a Nanny. This blog is based upon my book ‘The Nanny Time Bomb’ 2010.
Hiring/Paying a Nanny
How much to pay a Nanny depends very much on where we live and what a Nanny actually does. Here are some factors to consider when calculating wages:

1) Qualifications: Are you hiring a Nanny with basic baby sitting experience that requires training or are you hiring an experienced Nanny that has over three years of experience with 200 hours of documented infant care experience, CPR training and child care education credentials?

2) Live in or Live Out? : Will your Nanny be living in your home and will you be covering all of her food and utility costs, health insurance and car insurance? Will she travel with you on vacations as part of your family – with some free time? This is an important point to consider since the cost of housing in most major metro areas ranges from $13,200 to $20,400 and up per year.

Those are costs that your Nanny will not have to bear if she is a live-in. So when considering the salary you plan to pay, consider the value of room and board then add your weekly pay to come up with a realistic annualized salary. Then compare that salary to the salary of a day care provider in your area. That way you will get a relative comparison of the salary for the value of the service of your Nanny.

3) Supply and Demand: Where you live, the number of available candidates in your area, how desirable your city is, the cost of living and the cost of childcare in your area will affect the rate you pay your Nanny. In major urban centers where the cost of living is high, there is also a high demand for qualified child care and thus the salaries for Nannies tend to be competitive, which means that the costs for child care in more rural areas tend to be comparatively lower.

4) Scope of Responsibility: Are you hiring a Nanny for part-time or full-time work? How many actual hours per week will you require their services? Do you require more than 45 hours per week? If so, the weekly salary should be adjusted accordingly How many children will the Nanny care for? If the Nanny will have care for more than three children, the weekly rate should be increased by 10 percent per child. While basic services such as shopping, cooking meals for the children and light housework are typically associated with childcare work, these chores should be discussed prior to employment.

5) Additional services: Some Nannies may also provide additional household management services, acting as a housekeeper. Such services usually demand greater responsibility and specialized experience for which higher salaries are expected and deserved. Professional Nannies with over five years of experience and a Bachelor’s Degree who also act as housekeepers, may command wages exceeding $900 per week.

6) US State Department:  Offers up to date guidelines on what to pay Childcare workers.

7) Local Nanny Agencies: These organizations should be able to provide local rates of pay for Nannies.