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Temporary Nanny Job

How to Employ a Temporary Nanny

A 7 Step Guide to hiring a Temp Nanny

Temporary Nanny Job

Are you considering hiring a temporary nanny over lockdown to support your children with their home schooling and day to day activities? The UK Government have confirmed nannies are still able to work in lockdown, providing a much needed childcare solution for working parents across the country. However, hiring a nanny means you become an employer and that comes with employment and tax legislation to consider. Don’t worry, all the legal and payroll stuff is a full-time job for us here at Nannytax and we can give you plenty of help.

*To help support parents who require temporary nannies, we are now offering short payroll subscriptions for 3 months and 6 months from £99. Please call our friendly subscription team on 020 3137 4401 for more information.

How to employ a Temporary Nanny in 7 Steps:

1. Find a Nanny

Many agencies can help you find local temporary nannies who suit your requirements. We recommend using our Nanny Agency Directory where you can search for nanny recruitment agencies in your region.

Founder and Director of Harmony at Home Frankie Gray says, “Here at Harmony at Home it’s not just about the recruitment of the job, it’s about making sure that there is real compatibility between the family and nanny – personalities must fit! Because of Covid-19, most temporary nannies we are placing are live-in, and many parents are working from home, and so everybody is under the same roof. Right now, my top tip for those hiring a temporary nanny would be to approach a reputable agency who will do all the checks that you are not necessarily going to know are best practice if you are a first-time employer. A highly regarded agency will also know what to do to safeguard your family’s, child’s, and employee’s wellbeing, and will be able to match the qualities of employer and employee; ensuring you have the best possible start to the employment relationship.”

2. Agree a Salary: Net vs Gross

Once you have found your nanny, you will need to agree the salary. At Nannytax, we strongly recommend you agree a Gross salary. This amount will account for any tax and NI you have to pay to HMRC on top of the nanny’s ‘take home’ pay (also known as Net pay). To help you out further we release an annual Nanny Salary Index covering nanny wages across the UK. We report on UK Nanny salaries in London boroughs, the midlands and beyond to help give parents an up-to-date nanny salary guide relevant to their area.

3. How to Pay your Temporary Nanny

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If you were to pay your nanny cash, a multitude of problems can arise at any time. HMRC have been known to hand out hefty fines to those caught paying their nannies under the books. By law, nanny employers must register with HMRC and set up a PAYE Scheme. When you sign up with Nannytax this is the first step we take for you. Your Nanny PAYE Scheme enables you to pay the tax and NI on your nanny’s earnings. At Nannytax we display the tax and NI due on each payslip that you will pay to HMRC and then the remaining net pay to pay to your nanny.

4. The Contract of Employment

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Employers must now provide their employees with a contract of employment on or before their first day at work. The nanny’s contract will outline details of the employment such as the nanny’s duties, salary, holiday allowance and notice periods. When you join Nannytax, we provide you with a free bespoke contract of employment based on your requirements plus an accompanying handbook for you and your nanny to read through.

5. Consider Statutory Rights: Holiday Pay, Sick Pay and Maternity Pay

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Your nanny’s statutory rights include holiday pay, sick pay and maternity pay. Our payrollers are able to calculate these for your nanny’s payslips when required. All you have to do is send us the dates applicable. For sick pay, you must pay your nanny from their fourth consecutive day of sickness.  For temporary nannies maternity pay will rarely be practiced but this can be reclaimed from the Government and we provide end to end support with this process.

6. Pensions: Does your Nanny Qualify?

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If your nanny qualifies for a workplace pension (at least 22 years old/ earns above £10,000 per annum), you must set up a Pension Scheme and submit a declaration of compliance to the Pensions Regulator. There are some additional on-going duties when it comes to the auto enrolment duties involved. Don’t worry, our subscriptions team will advise whether you require this and if so, our pensions team can manage all of this for you with our add-on Auto Enrolment service.

7. Employers Liability Insurance

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By law, all UK employers must have a suitable Employer Liability Insurance to provide cover against employee(s) claims. We have a specialist Nanny Employers Liability Insurance Enable Insurance designed with insurance experts Fish Insurance to meet the specific requirements of those who employ a child carer in the home. You can add this to your Nannytax subscription once you sign up to our services.

Employing a Temporary Nanny to support your children through lockdown?

To help support parents who require temporary nannies, we are now offering short payroll subscriptions for 3 months and 6 months from £99. Please call our friendly subscription team on 020 3137 4401 for more information.

Our payroll service includes weekly/ monthly payslips, a free contract of employment and unlimited HR support. You’ll also have exclusive membership discounts such as Emergency Childcare and an Employer Members Area and Nanny Members Area to easily access payslips and documents at your convenience.