If there’s one question that’s relevant to everyone, be they (prospective) nanny or parent, it’s the thorny subject of… money.

Nanny salaries are dependent, as in any industry, on a huge number of factors – and, in our experience, almost always depend on individual circumstance and/or experience. We all know what a nightmare (and how expensive!!) good childcare is in the UK with the result that demand for skilled, experienced and – above all – reliable nanny candidates far outranks availability.

A few considerations worth bearing in mind:

  • London has a higher demand for experienced nannies than almost anywhere else in the UK. I know, I know…
  • Highly skilled and/or experienced nannies may be more likely to charge a higher wage.
  • Perfectly fluent (and/or native) English speakers often (but not always) command higher salaries.
  • A graduate, or a nanny with specific relevant experience (a qualified nurse or an experienced nursery nurse, for example), may expect a higher salary than a nanny who does not hold any qualifications in their vocational field, BUT… this is not always the case.
  • If the role is part time and/or offers only a few hours in the afternoon or requires a great deal of flexibility, which prevents someone from obtaining another part time role, the salary requested may be higher to accommodate basic living costs.

If you’re a parent: Don’t be disheartened! Every case is different – and we will be able to advise you on the salary expectation for your specific requirements. Bear in mind that we are (almost!) as keen to find a perfect match between nanny and employer as you are (I did say almost) and, in our experience, salary negotiations often end up being far more about finding that perfect match than anything else: If you’re your prospective nanny’s dream employer, it’s highly likely that they would rather reconsider their initial salary expectations than miss out on a brilliant role that in all other respects suits them perfectly.

If you’re a prospective nanny: Think carefully about the salary you want and/or need to achieve. You don’t want to pitch yourself out of the market by proposing an unrealistic salary expectation, but at the same time, it’s important that you are paid an amount that makes the job worthwhile etc. Most of the nannies we’ve employed would choose a really lovely job with a fabulous family over a high salary – but you need to make it work for you.

Whether prospective nanny or parent, we know that it’s helpful to have a steer, so here is a guideline of salary expectations in London (in keeping with market rates) that shows the ball-park of salaries we’re talking about:

Average figures were obtained from a 2016 nationwide survey of childcare agencies in 2016 conducted by NannyTax.

London and UK domestic childcare salary expectations

  • Live in: Average £350 to £650+ net per week
  • Live out (daily): Average £9.50 to £15.00 net per hour
  • Part time: £9.00 to £12.00 net per hour
  • After-school: £12 to £15 net per hour