How much do nursery workers earn?

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SidandAndyssextoy Tue 22-Oct-13 14:32:16

Just wondering if anyone could tell me what someone working in a London nursery might be earning per hour? And what hourly rate might tempt them to come and be a nanny?!

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Wishuponastar011 Tue 22-Oct-13 19:01:07

I'm a nursery assistant in Hampshire just out of London. I'm on £5 exactly per hour, and work a 40hr week.

I wouldn't become a nanny though!

SidandAndyssextoy Tue 22-Oct-13 19:31:52

Thanks, Wish. So if you were offered say £8 per hour net you wouldn't be tempted?

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insancerre Tue 22-Oct-13 19:33:45

£5 an hour?
that's not even minimum wage

rubyslippers Tue 22-Oct-13 19:34:59

i am in the South East - nursery workers round here seem to earn around £12 - £13k per year

rubyslippers Tue 22-Oct-13 19:35:33

sid - look at a nanny share maybe?

SidandAndyssextoy Tue 22-Oct-13 20:11:28

I'm hoping to lure one of our lovely nursery people away from the nursery - for various reasons. But I know being a nanny isn't for everyone. Nanny share is another possibility, but I'd like to try this first. The person I have in mind works three days a week which is exactly how many days I need, but I don't want to insult her by offering too little.

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SidandAndyssextoy Tue 22-Oct-13 20:12:32

And yes, I did mean to say myself that £5 is very, very little. Rather shocking actually.

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solveproblem Tue 22-Oct-13 20:14:44

OMG! Is the pay really that bad!?

Passthecake30 Tue 22-Oct-13 20:20:39

The preschool teachers earn £8.15-£10 p/h round here (Hertfordshire)

HSMMaCM Tue 22-Oct-13 20:20:57

Nursery pay is pretty appalling. Some have contracts to stop them leaving to work for nursery clients (otherwise it would happen all the time).

MortifiedAdams Tue 22-Oct-13 20:20:59

I would.imagine a full.time.nanny salary to be 20/21k. Three days per week - 14k.

CakePigeon Tue 22-Oct-13 20:27:44

OP, my DH works in this industry and he says £8ph is fair but the usual practice is to quote nanny salaries as net so she might expect to take home £8ph. If your nursery nurse is qualified she would command about £8ph in a nursery.
The clause about what you leave for is standard but he says no one would enforce for a nursery nurse- the manager maybe!

Ps I got caught reading active threads grin hope that is helpful

SidandAndyssextoy Tue 22-Oct-13 20:28:30

I know another worker from the nursery who is now a nanny for one of the parents. But she was sacked which probably makes a difference.

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SidandAndyssextoy Tue 22-Oct-13 20:31:10

Thanks, cakepigeon. £8 net was what I was thinking. This isn't a teacher or a manager. I think she may be level 3 but possibly just level 2. They had to take down the board saying who everyone was and their qualifications as it just highlighted their high staff turnover. hmm

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breatheslowly Tue 22-Oct-13 20:35:27

I'd doubt the not working for parents clause would be enforceable.

Thants Tue 22-Oct-13 20:44:53

I used to get minimum wage as a nursery assistant. Minimum wage is different in London though right?
Star that's illegal for you to earning so little. Shop them.

TondelayoSchwarzkopf Tue 22-Oct-13 20:46:25

£5 an hour? Please let that be a typo.

MuffCakes Tue 22-Oct-13 20:49:17

I work in a chain nursery, it's about £6:50 ph for assistants and £7ph for senior room leaders.

MinnieMooMoo Tue 22-Oct-13 20:51:15

£5 is a whole 2p extra for someone aged 18-20

MinnieMooMoo Tue 22-Oct-13 20:51:32

Oh wait sorry, was looking at wrong year!

grumpalumpgrumped Tue 22-Oct-13 21:05:09

Check your nursery contract too, ours has a clause about enticing staff away, and a penalty if you employ someone (doubt we would use it to be honest)

Also in south east, £13- £14,500 is average for a nursery nurse.

hettienne Tue 22-Oct-13 21:10:46

Nursery workers are probably on about £7 an hour. A qualified/experienced nanny would expect £10-£12 (gross) - more for a top professional nanny. I expect £8-£10 gross would be very attractive to someone just moving from nursery.

Don't start talking net, there is no need. A nursery worker will be used to a gross wage anyway.

SidandAndyssextoy Tue 22-Oct-13 21:21:51

Good point. I've just got suckered into using those rates as so many people do.

My lovely target has kids of her own so may be reluctant to leave an employer who offers potentially indefinite employment for a time limited position. On the other hand I would be a vastly nicer employer and with a rave reference in an area like mine would walk into another job when the time came. I'm going to check my contract though.

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TeamSouthfields Tue 22-Oct-13 21:22:36

£8 an hour net for a London nanny isnt a great wage

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