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Started by GyratingTrampoline on Apr 3, 2018 3:14:17 PM
What's the going rate for a babysitter?

...not an official one but the 14 year old daughter of a friend

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jambeslourdes - 03 Apr 2018 16:10:05 (#1 of 23)

I get charged £8 per hour by my babysitter, rising to £10ph for anything after midnight on a Friday or Saturday.

Mind you, she is a 53 year old woman with childcare qualifications.

FrankieTeardrop - 03 Apr 2018 16:11:13 (#2 of 23)

Depends how much you believe in the idea of a Living Wage, I guess.

jambeslourdes - 03 Apr 2018 16:27:06 (#3 of 23)

Living wage? For a fourteen year old who is doing it for a bit of extra pocket money?

I used to get about £5 an hour in the eighties, with the added bonus of an evening away from my parents, watching Dynasty/Dallas/The Tube to my heart's content.

FrankieTeardrop - 03 Apr 2018 16:39:09 (#4 of 23)

"Living wage? For a fourteen year old who is doing it for a bit of extra pocket money?"

Haha, brilliant - "I believe in a living wage except where it is going to cost me more money for a person and job I don't believe to be worth it"

GyratingTrampoline - 03 Apr 2018 16:41:19 (#5 of 23)

£5/hour seems like a lot for the 80s. I think I got more like £3/hour in the 90s.

The minimum wage wasn't introduced until '99 and was originally set at £3.60 per hour for workers over the age of 22 and £3.00 for those aged 18-22

I was thinking of offering her £5/hour, rounded up to the nearest fiver

widenation - 03 Apr 2018 16:59:24 (#6 of 23)

The price of a pint an hour, pretty much.

Impedimenta - 03 Apr 2018 17:20:08 (#7 of 23)



A Living Wage as a concept rather than Fake Government Measure is surely about paying people enough to live on. I've had 3 14-year-olds and can confirm that Enough To Live On = a top from New Look, a chocolate milkshake, a new mascara and two bars of Galaxy, and maybe a trip to Cineworld.

Assuming your 14-yo neighbour isn't supporting themselves, £30 a night should do it. Also, though, I wouldn't expect a babysitter that age to be working too late, and lift home/cab is a must.

GyratingTrampoline - 03 Apr 2018 19:11:20 (#8 of 23)

Yep this is a daytime job but in future would like to book her for evenings if it works out, and would definitely drop her home afterwards

pmcblonde - 03 Apr 2018 19:18:38 (#9 of 23)

If it’s more than just sitting in the house listening to a baby monitor then I’d not use a 14 year old. I’d be uncomfortable leaving my (very active) kids with someone untrained when the kids were awake. That’s more like a job and I would except to pay minimum wage at least

That being said we pay £25-30 (plus pizza and a lift home) for an evening using one of the nursery assistants.

Tagyourit - 03 Apr 2018 19:19:50 (#10 of 23)

About 20 years if they find the body.

FleurDuMal - 03 Apr 2018 20:04:43 (#11 of 23)

Tsk.

GyratingTrampoline - 03 Apr 2018 21:23:44 (#12 of 23)

#9 fair dos, in this case she's a very sensible and responsible 14 year old and they already know each other so I have no concerns.

jambeslourdes - 04 Apr 2018 14:14:40 (#13 of 23)

Haha, brilliant - "I believe in a living wage except where it is going to cost me more money for a person and job I don't believe to be worth it"

Erm, not quite. I pay good money for full time childcare Mon-Fri, and would gladly pay more, as I think that nursery staff are generally underpaid and undervalued.

However, my babysitter does pretty well out of the deal as my daughter sleeps like a log. So she gets £50, cash in hand, to sit on a comfy sofa, watch Sky/Netflix, and enjoy a selection of her favourite herbal teas and biscuits. It's not quite slave labour. Maybe I'll drop her a text and see if she feels exploited.

Yammoto - 05 Apr 2018 15:40:47 (#14 of 23)

Fifty quid!!!!

FrankieTeardrop - 05 Apr 2018 15:49:43 (#15 of 23)

"I pay good money for full time childcare Mon-Fri, and would gladly pay more, as I think that nursery staff are generally underpaid and undervalued. "

Oh, I know. £48 a day is what we pay, and we're skint as a result.

Yammoto - 05 Apr 2018 15:53:54 (#16 of 23)

We faced that one. The wifes answer was to set up as childminder herself, look after our own kids but charge others to look after theirs as well. We made more cash than if the missus had stayed in the office job.

FrankieTeardrop - 05 Apr 2018 15:55:25 (#17 of 23)

My partner keeps wondering how people with twins cope, so probably not a viable solution for us.

Yammoto - 05 Apr 2018 16:00:35 (#18 of 23)

I'd ask her how her day went and she say "I changed some nappies and put their toys back in the pram- no different from a day in the office!"

widenation - 05 Apr 2018 16:07:01 (#19 of 23)

Don't people have babysitting circles anymore?

Yammoto - 05 Apr 2018 16:10:37 (#20 of 23)

No demijons involved.

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