Nannies earn more as women go back to workNannies' salaries rose during last year due to the large number of mothers forced to go back to work during the recession.
By Harry Wallop, Consumer Affairs Editor www.telegraph.co.uk
Figures suggest that a greater number of women, especially in London, cut short their maternity leave to go back to work, leaving more work for nannies.
According to Nannytax, a company that helps families organise their nannies' pay, insurance and tax, the average live-in annual wage for a nanny in Britain increased from £20,222 in 2008 to £20,429 during 2009.
Nannies living in the commuter belts of outer London enjoyed a larger increase in their wages, with an jump of more than 3 per cent beating non-existent inflation during 2009. Their wages climbed from £20,277 to £20,934 on average. This increase comes despite the recession, which saw many families try to rein in their spending.
Nannytax explained that for the first time it had witnessed nannies working for three separate employers as an increasing number of families employed a part-time nanny, or partook in a nanny-share.
Andrew Myers, chief executive of Nannytax, said: “It is especially interesting to note that while salaries in London and the Home Counties are yet again in line with the record figures of 2007, this recovery has occurred in tandem with the greatest increase in nanny-sharing and part-time employment the industry has ever seen. "What this means in practice is that nannies who are willing to be flexible and work for more than one employer can expect to earn a good salary, and parents who team up with other families now have access to top-quality childcare that won’t cost the earth.”