Knowing Your Rights
Domestic employment situations are a very different environment to companies and organisations. However, as a nanny in the UK you are legally entitled to the same employment rights as your commercial counterparts. This is your job, your career; it is advisable to know and understand your basic employment rights.
- National Minimum Wage - The legal minimum an employee must be paid, set by the government. This may not apply to nannies living as part of the family.
- Contract of Employment - This should be supplied by your employer within 8 weeks of you starting your job.
- Payslips - A payslip should be provided every time you are paid showing gross pay, all deductions and net pay.
- Statutory Holiday Entitlement - This is paid holiday of 5.6 weeks (28 days) per year for full-time nannies, pro rata for part-time nannies.
- Statutory Maternity Pay - A benefit if you take time off to have a baby.
- Statutory Sick Pay - A benefit if you are unable to work due to illness or incapacity.
- P60 - A tax form you are entitled to at the end of every tax year, summarising your earnings for that year and the tax you have paid.
- P45 - A tax form your employer should provide you with when you leave their employment. You should take it to your new employer.
- Possible Redundancy Pay - Applies after at least 2 years of continuous service.
If you think your basic legal rights are not being honoured, please contact ACAS, they are a free legal advice service.
Use the calculator to see how much holiday you are entitled to*:
*Please note that the above calculation is based the employee working a full year. For more complex calculations please contact us.