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I think I'm going to have to give up nannying =(

(33 Posts)

There seem to be no jobs!

Even with 6 years of childcare experience plus qualifications I'm not really getting any interviews (I had plenty last year) and the jobs that are being offered are offensive joke jobs that want you to look after 3 children plus full housekeeping, 60 hours + a week over 6 days for £210 a week gross (true story!)

I'm on all of the sites, registered with 4 agencies and check gumtree etc every evening - nadda.

On top of this, I've spent the last year being abused by mental families who treated me like a slave (I had a real life Devil Wears Prada job at one point) and even though I LOVE my job I think I'm going to have to pack it in and look for an office job locally.

=( it's a sad realisation!

OutragedFromLeeds Sun 31-Mar-13 00:54:44

Could you try childminding? That's kind of the closest thing to nannying, but it's often more affordable for parents so not suffering as much at the moment. I think it's often harder work for less money though.

andrea29 Sun 31-Mar-13 10:19:03

I highly recommend Great website, lots of families/nannies advertising, you do have to pay for registration but I think it's worth it.
That's where I found my job after 4 months job hunting.

iluvkids Sun 31-Mar-13 10:31:10

Im currently in a great temp fixed term role that i found on

smupcakes Sun 31-Mar-13 11:19:11

try looking into residential care. if you're qualified as a nanny you might get a job, it's much better pay (at least where I am) and you feel like you're making such a difference - so rewarding!

I'm looking into residential care, smupcakes smile i think i could enjoy it

I'll give another go - i never really got on with it before grin but childminding is out for me - too many pets and oo much paperwork!

FlowersBlown Sun 31-Mar-13 13:43:03

The way operates is very unfair to job seekers. In my area they have pretty much taken over from the traditional agencies, leaving nannies with no choice but to pay to register in order to find work. It saves parents a fortune but it's at the expense of people who really can't afford their fees.

Flowersblown - thats exactly my problem. I'm unemployed and I dont really have the spare cash to pay the fees

redwellybluewelly Sun 31-Mar-13 14:38:01

Xif I am allowed to ask whereabouts are you in the country?

Welovegrapes Sun 31-Mar-13 14:39:09

Message withdrawn at poster's request.

I'm in Leicestershire but normally work in London - easy to find accomadation for live out and a lot of live in jobs.

Don't think I could do two PT jobs where I am; I'd have to move to London and keep my fingers crossed that I could find two jobs locally that fit. It's a bit risky really. May end up having to do that though.

My main problem is that I still have to pay for the house in Leicestershire - so when I'm live out in London in paying London rent plus paying joint payments here (OH and pets)

Ie. I have £120 a week fixed costs wherever I go plus living costs in London (if live out)

iluvkids Sun 31-Mar-13 15:51:20

There's a few well paid live in central London jobs on atm

I am in leicestershire - would you not work in leicestershire or surrounding?

two best agencies I have found are and both amazing independantly run and both nannies and families get an excellent personal service from them.

There are lots of Midlands jobs on as well

in general I think in leicestershire the nanny job market has all gone quiet even as a night nanny I havent had as much work this past financial year as the year before but mine is only a top-up to my normal day job and a bit of a hobby (sounds sad but love night nannying!!)

Thanks, eastmidlands smile
I never really look for positions locally as most of them seem to be PT, but that link was great! (have applied to 3 positions!)

No worries n good luck.

rgguider Thu 18-Apr-13 00:51:20

i am also looking for work and even if they are jobs people get a high influx of applications and i was reading an artical that is was mainly Europeans that were getting the jobs and uk people were finding it difficult

WouldBeHarrietVane Thu 18-Apr-13 08:21:41

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forevergreek Fri 19-Apr-13 18:25:12

Have you ha many long term positions? That seems the key ATM.

I also nanny but my shortest job has been 3 years. Usually 5+. A choppy cv with a few months here and there can be off putting unless
Maternity positions

sunshinenanny Sat 20-Apr-13 16:24:55

Welovegrapes I would be interested to know where you are situated1

And yes there are a lot of employers who think they can offer joke jobs and get an all singing all dancing nanny for a pittanceangry but I just think a lot of people go for nurseries and childminders now.hmm

Mrscupcake23 Sat 20-Apr-13 16:51:14

Surely if you are a trained professional nanny you would not do cleaning.

Trouble is now the cleaner and the nanny job is rolled into one. Years ago everyone had a nanny and a separate cleaner and people employed proper nannies not au pairs .

Blondeshavemorefun Sat 20-Apr-13 17:01:33

welovegrapes - shame you arent near me, not many 3 days jobs near me, and i want to work 3 days, dont mind 4 but not 5

all seem to be 5 days and long hours - i dont want to work 60hrs a week, i did it for 15years and i want a life now

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