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AIBU to think £17.50/hr is too much to pay a nanny in London

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JugglingChaotically Mon 19-Nov-12 21:39:47

We are looking for a flexible nanny to work less hours in term time (34 hours over 4 days) and full time in holidays (40 hours over 4 days) and found a lovely local nanny but she has asked for £17.50 gross an hour.
AIBU to think that it is too much? We live in West London/ Surrey borders and had offered £13/hour.

StillSquiffy Thu 22-Nov-12 09:08:23

I might have had some sympathy if she were looking after newborn twins or 3 under-fives, or something, but IMVHO she is absolutely taking the piss.

I have never heard of this kind of rate for what is really very standard hours. Even 8 to 6.30 is a breeze (I have had my nannies do some 6am starts, and some 9pm finishes as part of their duties). For your neck of the woods I'd say £13 gross would be absolute tops.

If the one at home is no longer a baby, you could get an au pair couple living in to do all your childcare and your cleaning and your gardening and other chores, and you'd still have £300 left over each week. Then in the holidays there'd be a boy to play footie and rugby with the boys, and a girl to take your DDs shopping. That's what I'd be weighing it up against, if it were me....

ceeveebee Thu 22-Nov-12 09:59:08

I had a night nanny to look after my newborn twins in Richmond and she only charged £15 ph gross.

JugglingChaotically Thu 22-Nov-12 23:21:15

Mr A - our original offer was 490 gross for 4 days and she said no! She wanted that amount net!

All - thanks so much for your help.

I was utterly horrified at her request and very worried sad as we just cant afford it.

I will re-advertise but for a 40 hour week over 4 days at 520 gross and see what happens.

BranchingOut Fri 23-Nov-12 07:47:04

The only thing I can think of is that she was previously on the celebrity nannying circuit!

Blondeshavemorefun Fri 23-Nov-12 11:49:35

Why readvertise for a higher gross amount?

Blondeshavemorefun Fri 23-Nov-12 11:52:25

Tho £520 will be £13 gross and just over £10nett so a good wage

Mosman Sat 24-Nov-12 00:31:53

Blimey we paid £10 an hour in the north west, I think you have to ask yourself can this person live on what you are offering to pay and £17 an hour in London doesn't sound like much to me tbh

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