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How Much does it Cost in Total to Employ a Nanny?

So how much exactly does it cost to employ a nanny? The answer; it really varies. The cost of employing a nanny depends on numerous factors including; whether they live in or out, how experienced they are, which qualifications they might hold and which type of childcare you require for your family. You can read more about which type of nanny will suit your family best here. 

When looking at hiring a nanny, you should be aware that you have will have legal responsibilities for their employment and as an employer, will be subject to paying employers tax and national insurance on top of your nannies gross hourly rate. You can see our agency fees below.

So let's get down to the specifics costs of employing each type of nanny;


  • You can expect to pay a live-in nanny anything from £11-£16+ gross per hour and you must provide either their meals or food to prepare meals and their accommodation. 

  • A mother's help is somebody with less experience who assists the mother/father in a shared care position. You can expect to pay a mother's help no less than the national minimum wage per hour.

  • The cost of hiring a night nanny is anything from £18-£25 gross per hour depending on the ages of the children/babies, how many will be in their care and how long they will be needed for.

  • A maternity nanny will charge anything from £200-£350 gross per 24 hours depending on how many babies will be in their care. 

  • The cost of a nanny share (sharing one daily live out nanny between two families) will range from £22-£26 gross per hour depending on how many children will be in their care. The cost is then split between two familys.


Our fees

Thank you for considering Real Nannies to fill your vacancy, we are excited to assist you in your search for the perfect nanny. Real Nannies charges a one-off introduction fee payable only upon an offer of engagement. No payment is due to register or whilst we search for your perfect match. 

Our fees

(Placements 12+ weeks)

12% of the nanny's gross annual salary.

Nanny share:

12% of the nanny's gross annual salary, when one family takes the lead.


(Placements 0-12 weeks)

0-4 days £30 per day

5-day week £130 per week

**Minimum fee applies - please see T&C's**



£130 per week
**Minimum fee applies - please see T&C's**

The Real Nannies fee structure is industry standard and reflects the highly sought-after nannies we find. Safety is our biggest concern when finding the right nanny for you and your family. Our rigorous vetting programme ensures those only with a DBS certificate, a paediatric first aid certificate, over one year of full-time nanny experience and two excellent checkable references make it through. Exclusive to Real Nannies is our unique training programme. We are the only nanny agency that ensures every nanny is trained to the highest standard personally by us. Real Nannies supports you through the entire process of hiring a nanny; from advising you on employer responsibilities, through to advice on the perfect nanny-family relationship. Our work here only ends when you decide it does. For more information about our fee structure, refunds and cancellation policy take a look at our Terms and Conditions.

"Yes it's worth it. The nanny is bliss and what else do you spend your money on other than your children?" Jonathan, Parent.
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