No, that’s not a typo.
The best jobs in nannying, childcare and governess work now pay up to £1500 (approx $2000) per WEEK.
Yes, the Jobs In Childcare website often features jobs with salaries of £1000 up to £1500/ week - and sometimes more - from a variety of agencies, as families with large amounts of capital continue to put their children first.
And it’s tough at the top - we occasionally hear stories of families poaching top candidates from their friends (blood is thicker than water, apparently), and even private employers buying their children’s school teachers out of their contracts to take them home for themselves (presumably leaving their classmates in the lurch!).
And it’s undeniable that being employed in one of these ‘jet set’ nanny jobs comes with perks. As well as the enormous salaries on offer, VIP nannying includes travel and often has better working conditions, as the employing family is keen to make sure that their top candidate stays with them for the long haul. Working for a wealthy family can allow you to save a huge amount of money, even enough for a housing deposit or down payment in a single year.
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And many of you have been asking us how to get these jobs and how to receive the dizzying pay cheques that the VIP positions come with.
So how do you, as a candidate, command these types of salaries? How can you become this kind of candidate? What can put you in the very top bracket of nannying and governess work?
Well, we’ve summed it up for you.
Have a look at the JIC list of the 10 ways to best position yourself for a VIP, high paying nanny, governor, governess or childcare job below. Read carefully, and enjoy!
1. Look the part
From deciding you want to be a top-level nanny or tutor, from the interview through to the trial and then to taking the job on full-time, you will need to look the part. For you to play the role of top notch tutor to the rich and famous, you need to immediately come across as a £1000+ per week candidate.
And how do you do that? Well, you should always be sensibly dressed in clean, new clothing. Get into the habit of dressing well, both in and out of work. You never know when you will meet prospective clients or useful contacts. If you haven’t got nice shirts, blouses or trousers then get some. Invest a little in your appearance - a nice watch or some good shoes can go a long way to showing that you are used to these working conditions (and this kind of salary). Everything should be well ironed and should go together.
Your smart dress should be accompanied by a suitable work hairstyle. Do your best to keep your skin healthy and your breath fresh. Hygiene is a must; pay particular attention to your hair and nails.
Your perfume or aftershave should be according to work regulations (some employers will forbid it) and should never be a strong ‘in your face’ fragrance. Look at how you present yourself for work and ask yourself - would you pay £1000 per week, for you? Because if you wouldn't, nobody else will!
2. Have a suitable CV
Now that you look the part, you need to make it clear that you are the right person for the job on paper. It goes without saying that great candidates who end up in fantastic jobs tend to start the whole process with a great CV. Your CV should be exceptional - both in terms of content and formatting. So first of all, swot up on our blog on how to write a great CV here. And if you haven’t got any qualifications relevant to childcare or teaching English (or your native language), you’ll need to get some. More on that later.
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Top Tip: Remember that the most successful applications tend to include supporting photos. Spend time on making the photos that go with your application superb. You can read more about the photo side of things here.
3. Give an excellent interview
As a top notch and top salary bracket candidate, your excellent CV should naturally be followed up by an excellent interview. You can read our Jobs in Childcare tips on giving a great interview here. Key takeaways should include your organisation (on time, suitably dressed, good wifi connection), a great smile and attitude, and being creative and prepared.
Top Tip: Stand out interviewees always have something to show or demonstrate in their interviews, be it photos, arts and crafts, demonstrations of videos or work with children of previous clients or otherwise. This is worth spending time on.
There should be an underrunning element of care and general punctuality in your dealings with the agency and ultimately with the family. Spelling and grammar should be faultless in any written communication. Respond to emails and communication timely, even if you aren’t interested and you are turning down the position. Your professionality and organisational skills should shine throughout the process. Become Mr (or Mrs) Reliable, Punctual and Professional, rolled into one. This is how you become a candidate that the agency comes to when a huge salary position comes in.
Many top notch salary positions will come with an element of ‘you get what you’re paid for’. By this we mean that first of all, you may be required to move abroad for the position. The highest paid jobs are generally found in Dubai, Abu Dhabi, Moscow, London, New York and Switzerland. There are, of course, exceptions to this, but you will of course be expected to be ‘on location’. Even if you are working as a rota nanny you will spend at least half of your time in your work environment. Needless to say, part-time positions and online work do not fit into this salary bracket.
No, not that sort of flexibility
On top of this, the candidates paid the highest wages will generally be expected to travel when the family requires, and possibly to agree to a schedule with slightly longer hours or days off that change. You should be ready to be flexible at work and to take plans with a pinch of salt. Be aware that in any case, you should always be careful with your contract. We strongly recommend reading our blog post on how to check your nanny governor or governess contract before signing anything.
6. Language skills
The ability to be a nanny or governess who combines all of the above with language skills can go a long way to increasing salary. You should have flawless knowledge of your native language (or the language you are working in) so that you can teach it practically, progressively and effectively. If this doesn’t apply to you, you had better get studying.
Language skills are important
If you have a second (or third) language that you are able to pass on and teach to charges, even better.
Note that musical ability and specific sporting talents are also a huge plus when applying for VIP nanny or governess roles. If you want to sit on the top shelf you had better start using your free time productively and wisely. Get off Netflix and get stuck into reading, studying, and self-improvement.
7. Experience and qualifications
It should be obvious that your qualifications and experience will have an effect on how good a candidate you are. However, the right certificates might not be as niche, difficult to obtain or as lengthy a process as you might expect. Your qualifications should ideally be in either childcare, teaching or languages, but some employers will consider governor or governess candidates with a CELTA or TEFL as well as a degree in something sporty, related to language or psychology or similar. Tutors can have a variety of qualifications as long as their experience and recommendations are sound, and you can read more about childcare qualifications here if you’re focussing on the ‘nanny’ side of things).
Naturally, your prior work experience will have an effect on your salary. It is extremely difficult to go straight from your degree, Au Pair or babysitting job straight to the big paycheque jobs. It is preferable to take a stepping stone approach: do your qualifications, then take jobs and always aim to stay in them long enough to make an impact. Thanks to market demand you can generally expect to hit the top salaries with as little 3-5 years’ experience if the rest of your CV fits the bill.
Top Tip: Always try to complete your contract unless force majeure (re: Coronavirus) or breach of contract means it really is impossible. It’s important for your CV and recommendations.
8. The right mindset and attitude
As well as looking the part on paper (and in person) you will really need a ‘can do’ attitude for VIP and high salary nanny and governess jobs. This applies to your application process as a whole and also the interview process. You will need to be confident and believe in yourself. The best mindset to have for this type of position is one that is fun and active, whilst remaining well organised, flexible and being a good problem solver. Problem solving is important, because unexpected situations can certainly arise in these types of positions. And of course, your attitude will require a sprinkle of:
Hang in there!
Dealing with these unexpected situations may indeed call for a sense of internal toughness. For example, you may experience homesickness if you are working away from home. Your schedule may change unexpectedly, or the children you work with may be badly behaved. You will need to be able to keep your chin up when the going gets tough and to dig deep in difficult situations if you really want to hit the top nanny or governess salary bracket. You can read more about dealing with difficult behaviour in children here.
10. Know your worth
So, if you feel comfortable and confident with all the above and believe in yourself, you really are destined to make the big bucks. When you feel you are a top level candidate, you may even wish to offer your own terms to families on a ‘take it or leave it basis’. It’s true that if they want you enough, they will probably agree, or at least make a comparable offer.
However you should be extremely careful not to overvalue yourself, which can leave you red faced and upset the agency you are working with. Do not burn any bridges by coming across as unreasonable and avoid treading on the toes of your agency by being demanding. Whilst it is important to know what you want, your demands should be justifiable, either through what you can bring to the table, or previous or similar job offers.
And if you think you tick the above boxes but you can’t commit to a full time job, perhaps part time or summer positions can work for you. VIP families often seek a travel nanny or governess for the summer months when their kids are off school to top up their learning. You may find roles catering to this in France, Spain, Cyprus or otherwise. Sign up to our email alerts list to make sure you are always filled in on the latest roles available.
Working as a VIP Nanny or Governess can be an amazing experience and really can set you up for life. The job isn't for everyone but if you have what it takes it can be a great career.
If you have any thoughts or comments do let us know below, any other tips to help out job seekers?
The blog is aimed at individuals looking for help securing a high paying nanny job and the views of the author are not necessarily those of Jobs in Childcare.