We made an offer to a nanny this week. We had previously discussed salary and she said she was looking for £10/hr net, employer to pay tax and NI, which we agreed. At our second meeting she said that she was now looking for a contribution to her travel costs to make it £11/hr. She lives outside London within an easy commute to our house. Is this reasonable? It is very tight for us anyway and this extra amount when taxed and NIed really adds up. But in other ways she is a good fit for us.
Regardless of what you call it or how the nanny justifies it, you should just think of it as an increase in her pay. If you think she's worth £11/h net then it's fine. Personally I think there are lots of experienced nannies around who would be happy with less than that. Oh and be sure to agree on a gross figure.
She's lucky to be getting £10 an hour - if she's an experienced nanny then she'll know full well that you don't pay for her to travel to and from work and is trying to pull a fast one. If she isn't a highly qualified and experienced nanny then she's still pulling a fast one by asking for such a high wage anyway. Cheeky!
if she did mean that, then she would ask for a kitty/credit card - plus depending what hours she is working but if she wants to up 31 an hour then it wouldnt costs her £10/11 day (hours depending) to get to work