Hello Everyone, My Daughter (27) attended a interview for the role of part time Nanny/ Childminder this week, however I was quite shocked by what she told me the Couple were offering by way of payment.
As I understand the child is around 5 years of age.
The role is Live in, Part time in South London. 39hrs week. Wages £100 per week including board and 2 meals but no lunch.
The couple state they want my Daughter (who is a graduate) to take care of their child, from roughly: 7-10am preparing for and taking to school. Cooking all meals. 3-7pm or thereabouts, collecting child from school, cooking evening meal, preparing child for bed etc.
Apologies for not be too precise on times etc as this is from memory from a phone conversation with my daughter but the hours are stated to be 39hrs week.
The last young lady to do this job, apparently left due to financial issues as she could not afford to live despite having a second job.
The couple stated openly to my daughter that she would need a second job to supplement her income.
So in simple terms, in my view, they are paying far less than the minimum wage but expect board and meals to be taken from the wages in lieu of part payment.
My initial reaction was shock and I told my daughter that I suspected such terms may be illegal and below the legal minimum wage. I am also unsure if pension rules and NI apply for part time work.
Being a young lady struggling to live in London, unbelievably she is seriously considering it, despite me pointing out that once she had taken the cost of her Oyster card and lunch costs out of her £100 per week, she would be left with virtually nothing.
Do they (mistakenly?) think as they’re providing accommodation and it’s london where rent is so high that this is an acceptable wage? It’s definitely worth looking at that link and perhaps sharing the info with them.
That's ridiculous. Part time or no, she should be getting round £10 per hour net. If they want an au pair I think it's around £150 per week plus full board but I could be wrong. They are chancing their arm, the mind boggles.
It is aupair pay (£2.56 per hour) for nanny hours.
She would be working for waaay below minimum wage. Employers are allowed to offset accomodation costs when calculating minimum wage but the amount allowed to reduce is very small - is only £6.40 per day/_£44 per week (rising to £7/£49 on April 1). www.gov.uk/national-minimum-wage-accommodation
That's way below min wage and 39 hours is not part time, it's full time (I work 37.5 hours a week full time). Minimum wage, for her age from April this year, is £7.83 per hour. For 39 hours a week that's £305.37 per week before deductions. If you take 20% for NI and Tax (assuming they are paying that), it leaves £244.30. They can offset some of the cost of her living in and food against the wage for national minimum wage purposes.The maximum they are allowed to offset is £6.40 for a day, max of £44.80 per week. This then gives her a minimum of £199.50 However... If she lives as part of the family then the minimum wage dosn't apply. But the following cirteria needs to fulfilled - She lives in the family home as if they were part of the family - She shares in the family tasks and leisure activities on the same basis as other family members – including meals out, visits to the cinema, family holidays and spending time with the wider family - She is provided with living accommodation and meals free of charge
Please tell your daughter to look else where . Lots of Nanny / mother s help agencies in London , better to join one . She may need a police check, which they will do for her . She will have much more choice !
I left nannying 10 years ago now . At that time I got £350 clear after tax and NI. I also got weekends off, a car and a basement flat With food etc! Good jobs and conditions in London , but with no experience or qualifications , one as to start at the bottom and work up ! But still much better jobs around than the one mentioned in this post!