Nanny wages skyrocket thanks to pandemic labor shortage

NOTannies are rare, so they command much higher wages.

Demand for nannies has skyrocketed as the COVID-19 pandemic has struck and has not abated. Nannies looking for work are empowered to ask for higher hourly wages given their scarcity, a change that should last.

Nanny sales froze during the pandemic, and several nannies were held up when families learned their children would be attending online classes and needed someone to watch them during the day, Kristina Blum said. , who works as a placement provider for Your Happy Nest Nanny and Childcare Agency. She ran the company’s Cincinnati, Ohio office for nearly six years.

Lots of people who didn’t have nannies “panicked” last summer to provide babysitting.


Your Happy Nest hoped and assumed that applicants successful or hired last summer at the height of the pandemic would be released in August when the children returned to their classrooms, but that was not the case.

Blum said the nanny shortage was nationwide. Other agencies across the country tell his business they are facing the same low supply.

One possible factor driving demand is that, as the delta variant of COVID-19 spreads, parents fear their children will suddenly be taken out of school. In the past two weeks, new cases have increased by 44%, hospitalizations have increased by 53% and deaths have more than doubled – raising the specter of new restrictions such as virtual learning.

The scarcity of available nannies has driven up the hourly cost of nannies.

Before the pandemic, Blum said his agency told parents to expect to pay around $ 17 or $ 18 an hour for a nanny to care for a child, although some have extensive experience. or extensive education can charge $ 20 and more. Now these experienced nannies are asking $ 25 to $ 30 an hour and getting it – so Your Happy Nest is asking families to be open to paying $ 18 to $ 22 an hour.

Blum said the pay increases have been a good thing for the nannies as they are now at a point “where they can actually live a comfortable lifestyle.”

In addition to the higher wages, Blum said the agency has seen an increase in the number of families initially offering health insurance reimbursement to nannies, whereas previously this was something that was usually negotiated after a year of employment.

“So that families can get creative with the incentives they are offering right now to bring attention to their position,” she said.

John Rosen, assistant professor of economics at New Haven University, told the Washington Examiner that it’s not just nannies that generate more income. From a macro perspective, he said hourly wages in all areas have risen since the start of the pandemic, with much of the growth coming amid the economic rebound.

Jobs website ZipRecruiter reported that hourly wages were on the rise, with the number of job postings on the site posting $ 15 an hour more than doubling since 2019. Given labor shortages Workforce, some companies have used higher wages and new incentives, such as increased benefits or signing bonuses.

Rosen acknowledged the shortage of nannies and said people worked hard during the lockdown to hire their nannies into long term employment and now don’t want to lose them.

Nannies may have earned higher salaries permanently.


“At this point, a career nanny who can make $ 25 an hour is not going to back down,” Blum said, noting that nannies also face increased inflation, which includes house and car prices. .

Hourly wages for other jobs are also not expected to drop, according to Rosen. He predicts that even if the rate of growth in hourly wages will begin to slow, average wages themselves will not start to decline.

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Original author: Zechariah Halaschak

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