Employers Allowance

Did You Know?

The Employers Allowance - from the 6th April 2015 you can reduce your Employer National Insurance Contributions bill by up to £3000.00 a year if you employ someone to care for an individual with a disability.  Click here for more information.

Enhanced Rates

While our minimum recommended market rate is suitable for many if not most of the jobs we recruit for, to ensure longevity and attract the best candidates, some roles will require a higher rate of pay:

Higher level of experience: If you require someone who has a very high level of experience or you require a very specific skill, his or her wage will need to reflect that. We quote a wage range to accommodate the different levels.

Part-time Hours: To be able to attract the same high quality candidates who are more likely to stay for a good length of time, we have found that some part-time positions benefit from paying a slightly higher rate. 

Split Shifts: The employee should be paid for the travel time and expenses between the shifts, i.e. one return journey. Typically this is calculated at minimum wage for the time (click here for latest rates) plus travel expenses, (cost of public transport or petrol if public transport is not a viable option). For latest recommended mileage and fuel allowances, click here. To calculate the cost of a journey using the AA Mileage Calculator, click here.

Remote Locations: While we always try to recruit as locally as possible. If you live in a more remote location, it is possible that we will need to look further afield for suitable candidates. If the candidate is required to travel more than one hour, we recommend an enhanced rate to take this into consideration.

Weekends: Carry a £2.00 per hour premium and run from midnight on Friday to 6.00am Monday morning.

Public and Bank Holidays - Christmas Day typically paid at double time, Boxing Day, New Years Day and Easter Sunday typically paid at time and a half. 

Live-in Nanny / Mother / Father's Helps / Supported Positions: The minimum may be £1.00 gross less per hour for live-in positions that offer long hours and / or additional perks of monetary value.

Temporary Placements - Carry a £2.00 per hour premium. For short-term temporary positions, rates will be at the daily rate even if live-in, as the candidate will still have their own accommodation costs. 



We recruit for varied roles, below are brief definitions to explain some of the roles. If you need any further guidance, don't hesitate to ask.

Daily (Support Workers, SEND Nannies, Carers, Enablers etc.):
Definition: Qualified and/or experienced care professionals capable of sole charge from the onset (excluding person specific training where applicable).

Live-in (Support Workers, SEND Nannies, Carers, Enablers etc.):
Definition: Qualified and/or experienced care professionals capable of sole charge from the onset (excluding person specific training where applicable) Accommodation provided, either within the family home, or separate.

Daily Team Leaders:
Definition: Qualified and/or experienced care professionals capable of sole charge from the onset, employed to work directly with the child / client and carry out team leader duties. Occasionally team leaders will work on a live-in basis.

Overnight, Waking Night:
Definition: Awake at all times to monitor, observe and assist a child / client who requires 24 hour care. 

Overnight, On Call:
Definition: Likely to be woken up, but will be able to sleep with a monitor in another room or be able to sleep in the same room.

Overnight, Sleepover (or Sleeping Night):
Definition: Responsible adult sleeps over in case needed in an emergency, not expected to be woken. If they attend to the child / client for more than 30 minutes or woken up 3 times or more in a night, the rate will revert to the Waking Nights rate. Usually working in conjunction with additional carer. 

Supported roles: Daily Mother's / Father’s Helps:
Definition: Less/unqualified and/or less experienced care workers who will need guidance, support and training before having sole charge of the child or client. Will be capable of sole charge at some point following training and guidance at the discretion of the parent/guardian and when they are confident to do so. Accommodation provided if live-in, either within the family / client home, or separate. Rate typically increased once carrying out the role sole charge after 1 year of sole charge experience.

Maternity Nannies (or Maternity Nurses): 
Highly experienced childcare professionals who specifically work with newborn babies. Help to establish feeding, care and sleep routines, direct care of the baby and supporting mother / parents to care for the baby. Typically self employed and booked to work for between 6 to 14 weeks. On call for 23 hours a day, 6 days a week. Paid a 50% retainer if baby's arrival is delayed. 

Behavioural Therapists:
Definition: Behavioural therapists working on typically a home- based behaviour programme, usually part of a large number of team members working in sessions of 3 – 4 hours. Includes: Applied Behavioural Analysis (ABA), VB, Floortime and Sonrise. Programmes usually require a team of people who are a mixture of qualified and experienced and unqualified / inexperienced members who are given on the job training. Often Self-Employed as work for a number of clients part-time.

Professional Specific Therapists / Specialist:
Definition: Includes nurses, physiotherapists, speech, occupational, play, music, drama therapists, sleep specialists working within the family environment. Typically 1 – 4 hour sessions

Holiday Nannies / Assistance:
Definition/ Notes: When taking someone on holiday to work, hours will be more flexible, but the nanny / carer should be allocated distinct breaks. We find it is better to agree an overall weekly wage, stating the hours as full-time, so they can be mutually agreed. If the nanny / carer sleeps in the same room as the child / client, the overnight rate applies. If the child / client requires assistance, this reverts to the daily rate. In this situation, time should be given off the next morning. If a child / client requires assistance every night and you require help during the day, two people need to be employed to job share. Employers pay all costs associated with the travel including insurance, accommodation etc. Food and soft drinks are typically paid for by employer unless the nanny / carer chooses to eat their own food.


Useful Links:

Calculators from Nannytax convert gross to net, and net to gross
* For latest recommended mileage and fuel allowances, click here
* To calculate the cost of a journey using the AA Mileage Calculator, click here