Rates of Pay and Benefits

Working conditions vary considerably from household to household, so the points outlined below are to be used as a guideline to what you can expect from your nanny.

A nanny should work in partnership with her employers and is generally responsible for the social and educational development of her charges. The nanny is also responsible for all nursery duties, taking to and from school, activities and appointments, children’s laundry and ironing, preparation of meals, running errands and keeping her own room clean and tidy.


Generally a residential candidate is provided with their own bedroom and bathroom within the household, some candidates may also share a bathroom with their charges. Occasionally separate accommodation is also provided for the employee – this could be an annex or close by to the main place of employment.


Salaries vary depending on a number of factors – whether the position is residential or daily, hours required, location of employment etc. In the UK an employer is always responsible for paying the nanny’s tax, national insurance and pension contributions.

As a guideline you can expect to pay between £450-£600 net per week (£566 – £787 gross per week) for a live-in nanny and between £400 – £500 net per week  (£492 – £640 gross per week) for a mother’s help, who also generally live-in and a newly qualified candidate.

Daily nannies earn between £600-£720 net per week (£787 – £975 gross per week) and part time nannies charge between £12 and £13 net per hour.

Governesses can command a salary between £700 – £1000 per week and generally work a 6 – 8 hour day. Governesses are normally responsible for the educational development of their charges and do not normally take care of standard nursery duties.

Overseas nannies often earn a higher salary than they would in the UK.

Please note all the rates quoted are as a guideline and you should speak with one of our consultants for the current pay scale range.

It is advisable to draw-up a contract between you and any staff you may employ. It may be an idea to visit your solicitor and ask them to draft a basic employment contract for you or you can use the template attached for some ideas.

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