10 Reasons to Give Your Nanny a Salary Increase
A nanny’s salary is generally fully negotiated prior to the hire date and included as part of the employment agreement, along with the length of the employment term. In spite of this predetermination, there can be plenty of reasons why you might decide to give your nanny a salary increase during her employment period.
- Above and Beyond. When you find that your nanny is continually providing services that go above and beyond what is contracted and expected of her, providing her with a salary increase to demonstrate your appreciation of the added effort would be a reasonable response.
- Kids Adore Her. When you hire a nanny that your kids have become particularly fond of, you may want to express her value to your family through a salary increase.
- Comparatives. If you should discover after your hire that other nannies in your area are receiving a higher compensation for similar duties, it would be very appropriate to raise your nanny’s salary to at least meet the other comparative salaries.
- Added Complexities. At times, a nanny’s duties may have new complexities added to the situation that would warrant a salary increase. An example would be if one of the children should sustain an injury that requires additional care and planning.
- Performance levels. Often times a nanny without previous experience will be paid less than one which has experience. Should you find that your inexperienced nanny has the same or better performance level than other experienced nanny, you may want to adjust her salary accordingly.
- Additional children. If the number of children that your nanny is caring for increases through a new birth, adoption or temporary addition to the family, a salary adjustment would be quite warranted.
- Schedule changes. If work schedules for the parents have changed since the original agreement, which requires a different range of hours for the nanny, it may be appropriate to compensate the nanny for the unexpected change in her schedule.
- Tenure. If a nanny stays with a family for more than the original agreed upon employment period, a salary increase should certainly be considered to compensate for cost of living increases and family loyalty.
- Improvements. If parents see significant improvements in the care level being provided by their nanny, a salary increase may be appropriate as a form of recognition of that improvement.
- Incentive. A salary increase near the end of a term of service may be provided to a nanny which has served a family well in order to give the nanny a greater incentive to renew her service contract with the family.
Salary increases are not the only means by which a nanny can be rewarded for exceptional service, but it certainly is the type of reward which is appreciated in a universal manner.
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