Nanny Salary and Rate of Pay, UK - KINDER Nannies & Private Staff Recruitment Agency (2023)

I’m looking for a full time nanny‘Great, we can help you with that, we have plenty of incredible nannies. What salary are you looking to pay?’ -This is a shortened version of how some of our client nanny searches start.

We, the nanny agency, will find out everything you are looking for in a nanny, and all about your children and your nanny requirements. This just leaves the question of the nanny pay. Our family clients often do not know what level of salary or rate of pay they should be offering and as this is a very critical point for the nanny, we are happy to advise on this and help you decide what is fair and affordable.

What nannies look for in a nanny job

Nannies are employees, and will consider the same criteria as you did when you were last job hunting. They are looking for a particular annual salary, and rate of pay, which reflects their skills and experience; something which is also worth their while. Most people need to earn a particular salary in order to cover their weekly expenses, rent/mortgage and also put something aside for the future. Living in London is not cheap.


By far the majority of good nannies are looking for well paid, full time work. They are often very flexible and in order to be able to cover their employers’ very long working days, a nanny will often work a 12 hour day, however more and more are turning down these jobs. Over 5 days this is 60 hours per week. On top of that they have a commute, most commonly of about 40 minutes (each way).

A nanny will consider the salary being offered, the rate of pay and the job spec. This includes, how many children they must care for, children’s ages, what the role encompasses (nannies are not keen on doing housework which is not related solely to the children).

Nannies are also very selective about employers. They, like you, are looking for a happy long term position and they will choose a family with whom they feel at ease, they trust and where they agree broadly with their child-rearing philosophy. Nannying is not merely a job, and a salary; though very important, it is not the only factor in their job-acceptance.

What is a fair nanny salary

If you require an experienced nanny to work a very long day (12 hours) caring for very young children (2 year old twins?) you will need to pay them a good rate. This is not only to accept the job, but to keep the nanny long term.

As an agency we are very mindful of making long term happy placements. It is key to not only place a good nanny into a job, but it is important that she or he, the parents and the children, are happy and that this is a stable long term position.

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Nannying is not your average job. It is far more personal. Yes, the pay and the hours and employment terms have to be correct, but there are real emotions involved here. If it is a good placement, the nanny will genuinely bond with and love the children and the children will also become emotionally attached to the nanny. It is therefore most important that the job with its salary, hours and conditions keeps the nanny happy and employed by you for as long as possible (for as long as you wish).

Employing a private nanny is not cheap, but if you choose this bespoke route for your children’s care expect to be paying a good salary for some years. Remember, the early years with children do not last forever, so you will not be paying a nanny’s salary forever, just for the years when it’s needed.

So, what rate do you pay a nanny?

In London area Nanny pay starts at £15 (gross) per hour, which for anyone still working with net figures, is marginally over £11 net per hour. At Kinder Nannies we work with predominantly well educated and qualified nannies, so our salaries start at min £16.50 per hour, usually £19.

For a nanny with a few years of experience their hourly rate starts at £16 gross.

Most of our Kinder Nannies earn £17-£20 gross per hour (which equates approximately to £12.24 - £14.28 net per hour)

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Many of our nannies are degree educated and occasionally even have Masters degrees in early years education, or child psychology and are earning over £20 per hour.

Nannies with skills or an experience which is in high demand, will naturally charge a slightly higher rate of pay than others. This includes for example :

  • the world-renowned Norland Nannies
  • bilingual/ multi-lingual nannies, such as German or French speaking nannies
  • nannies who have previously worked for a VIP family (high profile, high net worth or in a multi-staffed household)

When considering your nanny’s rate of pay, remember that you generally expect nanny to be more skilled than and take on a higher degree of responsibility than your cleaner, and they therefore need to receive a higher pay than a cleaner. Cleaners in London earn approx. £15 per hour.

If you only require part time help from a nanny, then the hourly rate tends to rise. Most nannies are looking for full time, or nearly full time work. 40-50 hours per week is most common, but nannies will work 60 hours for the right pay, or 35 hours - again for the right (slightly adjusted!) pay.

Considerations and options when deciding on nanny's salary

It might and does appear to be a lot for the family to pay, and that is why families should carefully consider if they can afford a nanny before embarking on this bespoke childcare route. But when you are choosing a nanny to look after your baby, young or even older children, we do not think it wise to ‘scrimp’ on this. Don’t pay the lowest salary, as only the least experienced or least skilled nannies are likely to accept that. If you wish to have full confidence that your nanny is experienced, trained or qualified, hire through an agency which does all the necessary background checks and engage a vetted nanny with the appropriate experience and skills for your children’s care.

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If you have budget constraints, and everyone does at some level, we recommend paying a good hourly rate for a good nanny, and, if possible, requiring slightly fewer hours. Another idea is to change the job spec. if you are requiring nanny to do general housework – drop that and your position will be more attractive. Alternatively you can offer more weeks of holiday, rather than the standard 28 days. Or throw in some added benefits, which might help make the position more attractive.

Our Kinder Nannies range from Junior to very experienced Nannies, and the nanny salaries vary accordingly.

Kinder Nanny agency service includes:

All our Kinder nannies are interviewed and vetted by nanny recruitment experts.

We provide you with nanny's :

  • Full CV
  • Enhanced DBS (criminal background check)
  • ID and proof of address
  • Paediatric First Aid certificate
  • References for previous nanny jobs and other childcare work
  • Any certificates for training or education which they say they have
  • Copy of Driving Licence (where applic)
  • Copy of work permit, if applicable (eg. settled or pre-settled status)
  • Covid vaccination status, if known.

We will usually provide you with :

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  • a cover letter written by the nanny
  • a Video or Audio introduction which the nanny prepares for you.
  • A specific Assessment – answers to questions relating specifically to your job, why they are keen and why they believe themselves to be the most suitable nanny for your job.

Our placements come with free replacement guarantees or refunds and unlimited advice, both before and after you select your nanny.

If you would like to discuss any of this in further detail, any member of the Kinder Nannies team will be delighted to hear from you.


What is the average hourly rate for a nanny UK? ›

How much do nannies charge? From our experience the average rates will range from £12-£16+ net per hour for live out roles and £400-£650+ for full time live in roles in London. Here are a couple of examples to show what you could expect to pay.

What qualifications do you need to be a nanny in UK? ›

  • Level 1 Award in Introduction to Health, Social Care and Children's and Young People's Settings.
  • Level 1 Award in Safeguarding.
  • Level 2 Certificate for the Children and Young People's Workforce.

Where do nannies get paid the most? ›

Highest paying cities for Babysitter/Nannies near United States
  • New York, NY. $28.02 per hour. 759 salaries reported.
  • Los Angeles, CA. $27.81 per hour. 903 salaries reported.
  • Denver, CO. $23.61 per hour. 447 salaries reported.
  • Miami, FL. $21.50 per hour. 185 salaries reported.
  • Dallas, TX. $20.40 per hour. ...
  • Show more nearby cities.

How do you negotiate a nanny hourly rate? ›

Here are some tips on how to negotiate your nanny's pay.
  1. Understand your local market. ...
  2. Use a nanny tax calculator. ...
  3. Always treat your candidates with respect. ...
  4. Negotiate an hourly, gross pay rate. ...
  5. Remember overtime is time and a half. ...
  6. Pay “on the books” ...
  7. Offer benefits. ...
  8. Know employment laws in your state.
Sep 6, 2019

How much should I charge as a nanny uk? ›

How much do nannies charge? From our experience the average rates will range from £12-£16+ net per hour for live out roles and £400-£650+ for full time live in roles in London.

How much is nanny tax uk? ›

Where your nanny earns more than £12,500 per year, you will need to deduct 20% from their salary. This will also depend on their basic salary rate.

What visa do I need to be a nanny in the UK? ›

The Overseas Domestic Worker visa is for nannies but also a wide range of other domestic roles, including cleaners, chauffeurs, cooks, and individuals who provide personal care for their employer and their family members.

Are nannies in demand UK? ›

London is currently experiencing a strong demand for nannies, largely driven by the pandemic, Brexit, childcare provider shortages, and the soaring cost of nursery places. As a result, nanny salaries have jumped by 13 per cent across the UK, the biggest increase in five years, and 8 per cent in London.

What is the difference between a babysitter and a nanny UK? ›

While nannies are employed on a regular (or semi-regular) basis, babysitters tend to be as-needed caregivers. This means they are hired to watch children after-school or while parents enjoys an evening out. Their duties also differ, i.e. a babysitters main focus is watching your child—and keeping them safe.

How much are nanny paid in USA? ›

As of Jan 31, 2023, the average monthly pay for a Nanny in the United States is $3,033 a month. While ZipRecruiter is seeing monthly salaries as high as $5,250 and as low as $1,125, the majority of Nanny salaries currently range between $2,125 (25th percentile) to $3,666 (75th percentile) across the United States.

What is a typical bonus for a nanny? ›

Typically, the standard holiday bonus for a full-time nanny is equivalent to one to two weeks' pay. Families with fairly new nannies usually calculate about one full day of pay per month that the nanny has worked so far and offer that as a bonus.

Are nannies paid weekly or monthly? ›

Weekly vs Monthly Pay

As part of our Nannytax payroll service, we can run nanny payslips either weekly or monthly. Our Salary Index data revealed 71% of our Nannytax customers pay their nanny monthly whilst 29% pay weekly.

How much of a raise should I ask for as a nanny? ›

Rewarding Your Nanny for a Job Well Done

As we mentioned, the typical raise is 3-10%. So, don't forget to factor in merit-based raises. Nannies also appreciate an end-of-year bonus — which can be anywhere from one to two weeks of paid salary.

When should a nanny ask for a raise? ›

Should you give your nanny a raise?
  • A year has passed. ...
  • You add more duties. ...
  • You had a baby. ...
  • Your nanny received new education or certifications. ...
  • You're underpaying. ...
  • Your nanny is the best.
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How do I ask nanny for salary? ›

Generally you can ask what salary they are looking for the responsibilities and hours you have discussed. Know that many nannies have been paid “under the table” if not through an agency. An easy way to address this is to ask if the payment terms (weekly payroll check or every other week) would be acceptable to them.

Do nannies charge per child UK? ›

However, nannies do not charge per child like nurseries and childminders, so if you have 2 or more children, it can work out more cost effective to hire a nanny.

How do I pay a nanny UK? ›

National minimum wage

You must pay your nanny at least the minimum wage. This is currently £8.91 per hour for employees aged 23 and older, £8.36 for employees aged 21 to 22, £6.56 for 18- to 20-year-olds, and £4.62 for under 18s . However, it's likely you'll be paying them much more than this.

How much do nannies get paid in London? ›

London average salaries
NannyLive-In (F/T)£26k-£33k
Live-Out (F/T)£35k-£45k
Live-Out (P/T)£12-£15 per hour
Temp/Short Term£100-£150 per day

What is the best nanny payroll service UK? ›

Nannytax is the UK's market leader in nanny payroll. They have supported tens of thousands of families since 1993, providing a complete employment service that includes payroll, pensions and insurance, to ensure employing a nanny is as seemless as possible.

How can a nanny avoid taxes? ›

Here are five ways to reduce your nanny taxes that can save both you and your employee money.
  1. Dependent Care Flexible Spending Account (FSA) ...
  2. Child and Dependent Care Tax Credit. ...
  3. Qualified Small Business Health Reimbursement Arrangement (QSEHRA) ...
  4. Educational expenses and student loans.
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Can you pay nanny cash UK? ›

1. It's illegal not to. The HMRC takes a dim view of tax evasion. By paying your nanny in cash and avoiding tax, you're opening yourself up to back payments, very large fines, and prosecution.

Can I bring nanny to USA? ›

The J-1 Exchange Visitor visa has an option called the “au pair program.” Nannies are referred to as “au pairs,” and they must be pre-approved for the program by the Department of State. This option is incredibly popular and one of the most common ways that childcare providers come to the United States.

Can a U.S. citizen sponsor a nanny? ›

Sponsoring a Nanny for Permanent Residence

A family can sponsor a foreign nanny for a green card as an option for them to live and work in the U.S. permanently. This option begins by completing the labor certification or PERM process, which is often lengthy and complex.

Which documents are required for nanny visa? ›

  • List of Documents. Nannies.
  • Remarks:
  • Applicant's Signature: - ___________________ VFS Officer's Signature: - ___________________________
  • ➢ Application form.
  • ➢ Photo.
  • ➢ Original passport.
  • ➢ Language preference form.
  • Language preference form.

What are nannies called in the UK? ›

Within the UK, a childminder must be Ofsted registered, hold a current paediatric first aid qualification, public liability insurance and follow the EYFS. A mother's helper is someone who may live in or out of the household, and assists the person of the house with general chores as well as caring for the children.

Why do nannies quit? ›

According to our nanny survey, lack of communication with their employer was the number one reason – that was out of their control – why they would leave their job. Also, 72 percent of nannies said open and honest communications are what they want most from a family.

What age is easiest to nanny? ›

Preschoolers (3- 5) are the best age group for young babysitters to begin babysitting for. You shouldn't have a new, young teen sitter babysit for infants or toddlers. Even with experience, a newborn (less than one month old) is not an appropriate babysitting job for a teenager.

Do nannies do housework? ›

Nannies also keep inventory of essential items that are needed for the children, like diapers, baby wipes, and formula. For the most part, nannies are the managers of everything related to the children, and that means that yes, some of their duties do involve housework, cleaning, and organizing.

What is a babysitter called in England? ›

In American English, the term can include caring for a child for all or most of the day, and on a regular or more formal basis, which would be described as childminding in British English.

Is the cost of a nanny tax deductible? ›

A taxpayer can partially write-off nanny expenses as long as the nanny is paid legally, the child is under 13 years of age, and both spouses are working. This tax break is typically applied one of two ways: through a tax credit when filing income taxes, or through a Dependent Care Flexible Spending Account.

How much is a full-time nanny us? ›

Average Nanny Pay Rates

The national average hourly rate for a nanny is $19.14 per hour. The national average gross weekly salary for full-time live-out nannies is $766. The national average gross weekly salary for full-time live-in nannies is $670.

How much is a nanny in NYC? ›

What's the average cost of a nanny in New York, NY? The average cost of a nanny in New York, NY is $19.37 per hour. You can expect to pay a hourly rate between $14.20 and $30. A nanny's hourly rate can depend on their location, responsibilities, qualifications, and the type of care needed.

How much is a nanny in Canada? ›

The average nanny salary in Canada is $27,300 per year or $14 per hour. Entry-level positions start at $24,375 per year, while most experienced workers make up to $32,493 per year.

How much does a nanny cost per month uk? ›

Nanny Pay Average Per Week and Per month (Based on a working work of 40 – 50 hours): Average Per Week: £11 – £12 ph: £400 – £500 per week (Net)

How much does nanny charge per day? ›

How much does a nanny cost through an agency?
Daily booking fee for a temporary nanny$35 per day + the hourly rate$0
Hourly rate for a nanny$26 - $45 / hour$20-35
Hourly rate for a nanny after school$38 / hour (3hr min shift)$28-35
Newborn care (casual) hourly rate$39 / hour$30-40
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Do nannies charge per child uk? ›

However, nannies do not charge per child like nurseries and childminders, so if you have 2 or more children, it can work out more cost effective to hire a nanny.

What do nannies do in the UK? ›

Most nannies consider their job to be looking after every aspect of a child's wellbeing. This usually includes: providing a safe, fun and stimulating environment for the children while planning and supporting play and educational activities.

How much does a full time nanny earn in London? ›

Jobs in, ranging from £22,511 to £61,250. Jobs that pay more than the average (£44,947).

How much does a nanny housekeeper earn in London? ›

The average nanny housekeeper salary in the United Kingdom is £27,471 per year or £14.09 per hour. Entry level positions start at £24,375 per year while most experienced workers make up to £37,500 per year.

How much do the highest paid nannies make? ›

High Paying Nanny Jobs
  • Governess. Salary range: $53,500-$92,500 per year. ...
  • Family Manager. Salary range: $33,000-$73,500 per year. ...
  • In House Nanny. Salary range: $32,000-$71,500 per year. ...
  • Live Out Nanny. Salary range: $43,500-$70,000 per year. ...
  • Mothers Helper. ...
  • Live In Housekeeper Nanny. ...
  • Housekeeper Nanny. ...
  • Au Pair.


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