A guide to salary bands, work hours, roles and responsibilities.

 

Roles and responsibilities
Nanny

Her focus is primarily on child-care, but she is also prepared to undertake general domestic duties and possibly cooking.  This does vary with each individual.
Expected salary range:
Minimum salaries begin at R5500+ per month
R250 per day

Domestic Nanny

Her job is mainly domestic work, but she is very child-friendly and happy to care for school-age children and even toddlers, the nanny may also be happy to cook for the family.
She usually works full-time, 45 -50 hours per week, depending on whether the position is sleep-in or sleep-out.
Expected salary range:
Minimum salaries begin at R5500+ per month
R240 per day

Housekeeper

Her job is mainly domestic work, cleaning and ironing, all cleaning duties.  No child care.
She usually works full-time, 45 -50 hours per week, depending on whether the position is sleep-in or sleep-out.
Expected salary range:
Minimum salaries begin at R5000+ per month
R240 per day

Work hours:

A standard work week for Live out nannies/domestics, is 45 hours, Monday to Friday, 08h00 to 17h00.  Any hours additional to this is considered overtime.
A standard work week for Live in nannies/domestics, is 50 hours, Monday to Friday, 08h00 to 18h00.  Any hours additional to this is considered overtime.

 

A guide to interviews

An interview can be quite stressful for a nanny and it is best to look at the interview as a visit and keep it as informal as possible. Treat it like a conversation where you and the nanny are getting to know each other.  During the interview, give her an opportunity to interact with your baby by perhaps leaving the room to get a glass of water or go to the loo, this will not make it feel like it is a test but merely giving her a chance to get to know your little one in a casual manner.

 

A few practical questions are listed below:

  • How long have you worked as a nanny;
  • Did you enjoy your last job;
  • How old were the child/children you cared for;
  • What were your work hours, start and finish;
  • Did you do any cooking and/or cleaning and if you cooked, what kind of dishes did you prepare;
  • How do you feel about pets (if you have pets in your home);
  • Any allergies toward pets?
  • How many children do you have and how old are they?
  • What would you do if the child in your care becomes ill suddenly and mom is not home?
  • What is the first thing you do when you arrive at work in the morning (wash hands is what you are looking for)
  • How would you deal with a toddler who is having a tantrum
  • How do you communicate if you have anything you need to say, do you keep it to yourself or do you speak about it