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To think £17 an hour for a cleaner is unreasonable?

(121 Posts)
Misericord Wed 13-Jun-18 21:43:27

Is genuinely not sure if I am BU here.

We moved to London a while ago and are looking for a cleaner. The one we had out of London was £13 ph (and AMAZING). Most of the people we’ve got in touch with recently haven’t responded and the one that has has said £17ph.

AIBU? Or is this just the cost of a cleaner?

InfiniteSheldon Wed 13-Jun-18 21:45:57

Reasonable imo

Tobebythesea Wed 13-Jun-18 21:47:36

I think that’s a bit steep to be honest. We pay £13 ph on the outskirts of London.

ThroughThickAndThin01 Wed 13-Jun-18 21:48:18

I pay £15 outside London.

JassyRadlett Wed 13-Jun-18 21:49:10

I’m in a leafy bit of SW London/Surrey and pay £12/hr.

Seniorcitizen1 Wed 13-Jun-18 21:49:40

Pay £15 in Scotland

ShirleyPhallus Wed 13-Jun-18 21:49:47

I dunno. Cleaning up someone else’s shit stains seems like a job you couldn’t ever pay me to do so from that perspective £17ph is very reasonable

bathildab Wed 13-Jun-18 21:50:27

No this is very high. Going rate £12 but more with agency.

EatRepeatEatRepeat Wed 13-Jun-18 21:50:53

We are in an affluent part of Berkshire and pay £12.50 which doesn’t actually feel like enough if I’m honest given the cost of living round here.

RippleEffects Wed 13-Jun-18 21:52:22

I think it depends on number of hours. If you're after an hour here and there then the £17 includes travel costs and time. If it's a 3.5hr plus block with no agency/ overhead charge to take into account it sounds a bit steep.

Adelino Wed 13-Jun-18 21:54:19

I think it sounds reasonable. How many hours are you offering your cleaner? If only a couple then it is sensible for her to build the cost and time of travel into her hourly rate imo.

Adelino Wed 13-Jun-18 21:55:08

Cross posts!

Antonia87 Wed 13-Jun-18 21:57:54

London and £10 an hour. Sounds steep to me !

upsideup Wed 13-Jun-18 22:00:20

I think thats normal london rates, doesnt seem unreasonable to me.
We pay £16 an hour outside of london

RoseanneBarred Wed 13-Jun-18 22:01:00

Also Berkshire - £10 per hour. We replied to her ad at that rate.

DuchyDuke Wed 13-Jun-18 22:02:59

Depends where in London. It’s cheap in Central. But in the suburbs where cleaners are more likely to be local you could probably get one for a bit over minimum wage.

XiCi Wed 13-Jun-18 22:06:26

£10 an hour is the norm around here. £12.50 through an agency. Do you have any friends that could recommend someone to you?

dementedma Wed 13-Jun-18 22:06:59

expensive. in Scotland and £12 an hour for mum's cleaner.

SandyY2K Wed 13-Jun-18 22:08:14

Sounds expensive to me.

Rumpleteezer Wed 13-Jun-18 22:12:01

London £13 ph here

tkband3 Wed 13-Jun-18 22:12:25

Is it with an agency? Does she bring her own cleaning products/equipment? I pay £13 an hour to an agency (London suburbs). I have heard of higher charges when they don't use your supplies/hoover etc.

Bumbelinadance Wed 13-Jun-18 22:15:01

It does seem to have rocketed in the last few years
I live outside London ,,, commuter rather than surburban surrey
I pay £13 an hour

I don’t think this is high and she is very good , thorough , reliable and we like her a lot
I think I got lucky and would probably concede to paying more if asked

I provide all cleaning products

She’s a very up together young Mum and “ professional “
She drives a far nicer car than me

I am a single mum with a full time , physically demanding job
For me it’s worth putting the cash towards that and budgeting elsewhere for it
My hard earn motto is look after your cleaner and childcare

Hope this helps

Nightmanagerfan Wed 13-Jun-18 22:15:05

SE London zone 2 - £10 an hour. Our cleaner before this one charged the same and it seems to be the going rate in this area.

Loonoon Wed 13-Jun-18 22:15:18

We are greater London, not far from Croydon. We recently gave our cleaner a raise and she is now on £13 an hour. I know she charges new clients more so assuming you are living somewhere quite upmarket £17 sounds like a realistic price.

thegreylady Wed 13-Jun-18 22:15:51

I pay £10 an hour in Shropshire.

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