Nannies, mothers help & maternity nurses rates

Nanny employers have the same legal obligation as any other employers (note - nannies and mother’s help do not classify as self-employed). The families need to make all contributions towards NIN and taxes, including a contribution towards their nanny’s pension.

A further legal requirement is to have ELI (employer’s liability Insurance) in place with a minimum indemnity of £5 million.

We also advise nannies to have their own public liability insurance, this is also a requirement for any nanny or mother’s help to register with Ofsted.

Maternity nurses generally work on a self-employment basis and will take care of their own taxes, NIN etc.

Our team will be happy to recommend companies to you that have expertise in the area of childcare payroll and employment.


Nannies:

Nannies generally work an average of five days per week and around 10 hours per day (roughly around 50 hours per week in total), although less working hours per week are also possible.

  • Live out: These nannies are paid an hourly rate of £9 to £12 net, although £10 net per hour is the average in London. This translates to a total annual amount that ranges from approximately £33K to £46K total gross per year. The salaries of part time nannies will be based on the same net hourly rate as a full time live out nanny
  • Live in: Nannies who live in offer a greater flexibility to the families. They work 10 to 12 hours per day and may be able to provide a couple of evenings of babysitting per week in addition. A live in nanny may be happy to work on a 24-hour shift for 5-6 days per week at a higher rate of pay. Live in nanny rates for a 50 hour week generally range from £7 to £9 net per hour, translating to approximately £24K to £33K total gross per year. The salary does not include food or accommodation which is provided by the family. The salaries of part time live in nannies will be based on the same net hourly rate as a full time live in nanny.

Mother’s help:

Mother’s helps generally work 5 days per week, up to 10 -12 hours per day. However, since they are working alongside the mother they may work fewer hours than a full time nanny (around 8-9 per day). Mother’s helps can also work on a part time basis.

  • Live out: A mother’s help hourly rate ranges from £8 to £9 net. This is equivalent to an approximate annual total gross salary of £28K to £33K. The salaries of a part time mother’s help will be based on the same net hourly rate as a full time live out nanny.
  • Live in: The net hourly rate of a live in nanny ranges from £6 to £7 net per hour. This will be an approximated salary of £20K to £24K total gross per year. Further hours will be required if babysitting nights are also included. The salaries of a part time live in mother’s help will be based on the same net hourly rate as a full time live out nanny.

Maternity Nurse:

Maternity nurses generally work on a self-employed basis. A basic hourly rate is established between the nurse and the family. Most maternity nurses will ask you to pay a deposit in advance. The deposit amount varies from one maternity nurse to another, although generally one weeks deposit is required.

A maternity nurse working round 120 to 168 hours per week will have a salary range from £750 to £1,200 per week, although the rates can vary depending on the maternity nurse, their qualifications and experience.