Following on from worst au pair job in the world AIBU

(95 Posts)
Sleepyhoglet Thu 20-Jun-13 18:56:14

I think I may just have found another. Come on Mumsnetters. Lets send some emails to this ridiculous advert. £25 a week pocket money to do childcare for a 4 year old. £25!

http://www.gumtree.com/p/jobs/au-pair-4-months-summer-job-by-sea-woolacombe-to-look-after-4y-old-boy-help/1022523111

Meringue33 Fri 21-Jun-13 17:22:49

Agreed, Honey it's some sort of code isn't it sad Ughhh!!!

HoneyStepMummy Fri 21-Jun-13 17:08:35

I think the creepy one is looking for a live in luvvver/swinger/sex slave or someone to do porn with. I'm sure it doesn't cost that much to hire someone to work in photography. Either that, or it's a creepo who will snatch the lucky candidate's passport and force them to work as a prozzie and live in their cellar shock

Is that photo one an au pair for the dogs? Or children? Or a way of employing someone for a photography business without having to pay them properly?

IOnlyNameChangeInACrisis Fri 21-Jun-13 16:36:25

There are a lot of people out there who don't understand that the difference between an au pair and a nanny ISN'T just live in/spending money vs actually proper salary.

fromparistoberlin Fri 21-Jun-13 14:48:07

i emailed the slave couple twatters

I could say so so so so much more but really restraining !!!!

InViennaWeWerePoetry Fri 21-Jun-13 14:34:22

This one I really don't get: "The mum returns to work in September from maternity leave, she will be working 3 days per week and the other 2 days she will be around the house a little. The role is entirely sole charge though." Why would you want an au pair to have sole charge of your children the days you're not working? hmm

InViennaWeWerePoetry Fri 21-Jun-13 14:26:04

Certainly with FDD the language barrier was as much as a lack of experience with looking after children. It's all very well babysitting on a regular basis, but being left alone with a small child 35+ hours a week in a strange country where neither of you can really communicate with each other properly is another issue altogether.

BarbarianMum Fri 21-Jun-13 12:06:27

<<Problem is, people don't seem to realise how dangerous it is to leave small children with an unqualified, inexperienced teenager. >>

But not all 18 year olds are inexperienced w. small children. I started looking after the children of the local piano teacher for 9 hrs a week when I was 14. She was around (giving lessons) while I did the after school playing, cooking and serving dinner, bathtime routines, so I had help on hand in case of emergency. By 18 I had a lot of hours experience of hands-on, solo care (there never was an emergency) and was perfectly confident and competant to au pair.

ZZZenagain Fri 21-Jun-13 11:55:16

I don't find it unreasonable to ask for a photo. I suppose it helps you get an impression of what the person is like - that in combination with a phone call. If you are interviewing in person anyway or using skype, I agree it doesn't seem very important.

The one with the photo agency which placed so much emphasis on looking good was odd though.

WouldBeHarrietVane Fri 21-Jun-13 11:53:17

Cory, yes, the cattery?

WouldBeHarrietVane Fri 21-Jun-13 11:52:55

Totally normal to have a photo - the agencies all provide them.

cory Fri 21-Jun-13 11:52:45

What we need is something like that agency Lord Peter Whimsey used to run, you know the one where dodgy adverts would get answered by the likes of Miss Climpton and her younger colleagues.

The Jersey one asks for a photo, is that normal? I'm assuming if the applicants are not attractive enough (or fat or disabled) she can save herself the bother of responding.

NicknameIncomplete Fri 21-Jun-13 10:35:37

Did i mention i luvs luxury clothes and have experience in luxury clothes.

Hmm i might apply for that one.wink

megsmouse Fri 21-Jun-13 10:27:48

Message withdrawn at poster's request.

WouldBeHarrietVane Fri 21-Jun-13 10:23:52

Dil all kinds of us use aps - all you need is a spare bedroom. We always choose people over 25 and our last aps have been qualified teachers from eu countries just fancying a gap year.

We are horrified by some of the stories their friends tell - one was given a caravan to live in - in the front garden in a city sad anyone could have found out she was in there and broken in.

CruCru Fri 21-Jun-13 10:17:03

Problem is, people don't seem to realise how dangerous it is to leave small children with an unqualified, inexperienced teenager. I would have been really frightened to be left with a small child when I was 18.

dilanddan Fri 21-Jun-13 08:58:46

Jersey parents must think they're Princess Di and Charles... their eldest son is "William" and youngest son "Harry"... Just saying

Toffee noses!! I really hate the snobbery of those requiring au-pairs, seriously; you might be minted, but if you're going to have children, look after them yourself!! (or use nurseries and play schemes like the rest of us "commoners")

humdumaggapang Fri 21-Jun-13 00:40:23

Also why is babysitting 2-3 evenings a week? Do they ever see the kids?

humdumaggapang Fri 21-Jun-13 00:30:17

Those sorts.of wages were average really when I was an au pair at 18. I always felt it unjust but I wanted to be in America and away from my parents so I put up with it. Annoys me now.

Why does Jersey bitch need 2 au pairs? That's just greedy. Lazy cow.

Whippetwarmer Thu 20-Jun-13 23:50:41

I can still see the Jersey fuckers link when I click on it.

Wereonourway Thu 20-Jun-13 23:34:59

laurie "jersey fuckers"

I've just pissed my pants at that, I missed the ad, it had disappeared when I clicked link.

Also agree luxury clothing family will be nuts.

I have been a live in nanny and always loved the family I worked for, knew I was lucky etc but boy I realise it now after reading these beauts!

foreverondiet Thu 20-Jun-13 23:30:51

A good rule of thumb about the "wages" is that the accommodation food and having no bills is worth about £100 - £150 a week.

So say £120 + £80 "wages" = £200. Say £7 - £7.50 is reasonable for someone not very experienced.... so around 25-28 hours a week would be reasonable.

A live in job for 50 hours a week on that basis would be (£7 x 50) - 125 so around £225 cash.

The £80 for 50 hour looking after 2 year old is £4 an hour and hence unreasonable.

Yamyoid Thu 20-Jun-13 23:23:44

Hahaha grin laurie!
Some awful people in the world just out to take advantage of others less fortunate sad

I've just emailed the Jersey fuckers and called them some choice names.

Cunts.

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