Always agree and gross wage
Many nannies and nanny agencies agree a net (i.e. take-home) wage with parents, but in reality you are always paid a gross wage, with tax and National Insurance Contributions paid to HMRC by your family on your behalf. Although many employers tend to look on this as an additional cost, it is actually part of your gross wage. On top of the gross wage, your family also has to pay an Employer’s National Insurance Contribution.Working as a Nanny is probably the only profession left in the UK where wages are still commonly agreed on the basis of net (i.e. take-home) pay. It is surprising that this out-dated arrangement has not yet been dispensed with, as there are considerable financial implications at stake. The following points briefly explain why a net pay agreement is disadvantageous to all nannies:
- The Government regularly increases the personal tax-free allowances and has cut the basic rate of income tax several times in recent years. If you have a net pay deal your employer does not have to pass any of the savings on to you. Only if you are on a gross wage will you automatically receive the benefit of any cuts by paying less tax and NI.
- A gross wage enables you to compare your salary with any other type of employee in the UK, thereby giving you an opportunity to assess your earning power and consider your career options.
- A gross wage agreement is also essential if you want a to get a personal loan or a mortgage, as the figure the bank or building society will be interested in is your gross salary. Similarly, if you want to make sure you are being paid the National Minimum Wage, you need to know what your gross salary is.
Absolute Childcare strongly believes that Nanny Salaries should be advertised using the gross salary, however, as a number of nannies and Employers are still conditioned to think in net figures, we will advertise vacancies using both the net and gross figures until all agencies move with the times!