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4 Reasons Why it is Difficult to Find a Nanny (Canada)

Maria Marilyn Madrid

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According to reports, the economy is now ripe for hiring a nanny. It simply means that more parents are finding equitable jobs or that both mom and dad are working so the financial ability to hire nanny services becomes easier. However, there not enough Canadian nannies right now; thus, leaving parents with a huge potential problem; leaving their kids behind or one parent has to stay at home and attend to kids. So why is it difficult to find a nanny?

The real issue according to experts is not about the difficulty on finding a nanny but rather on the demands parents expect from a nanny.

Some of their demands that limit the search are:

  1. Demand for a college educated nanny. Before, having a college diploma is a big problem for an aspiring nanny as it is a sign that parents will not be convinced that she intends to work on a long term basis as a nanny. Thus, some possible candidates hide their college qualification.

    But right now, parents have become more demanding and that they need the nanny to be educated so they can also help shape the academic aspect of their ward and also as a sign of prestige for the couple.

  2. Nannies have demands too. It seems that the rates of hiring a nanny became unstable as fixed rate is no longer applicable. Many experienced nannies have equated their experiences and skills on a monetary level. You must have heard by now about a nanny earning $180,000 a year. Thus, many households can no longer afford to hire a quality nanny.
  3. Nanny agencies also have high demands and applicants must show proof of commitment towards caring for children. And many would be nannies just don’t have ideas how. While letters of references or recommendations are proofs, these agencies have created an on the job exam where a potential nanny is engaged in role playing and must pass the test.

    Thus, some agencies entertain hundreds of applicants but only accept less than 20 due to this requirement.

  4. Some women or individuals are shying away from a nanny job because of time element. Decades ago, the average working hours of a nanny was pegged at 10 hours a day.

    At present, it is not a rare thing to learn that a nanny reports for duty at least 14 hours a day. One must remember that some of these women have families and demands too; thus, they are no longer offering their services as a nanny but are contented to have a waitressing job for example due to family demand and other reasons.

As you can see, Canadian nannies are not too hard to find. But, changes in the environment and economy have altered the demands and requirements between the nanny, parent, and the agency. In order to find a nanny the quickest time possible, you need to scale down the demand. As the old adage states, “beggars cannot be choosers;” hence, negotiations, compromise, and adjustments are the order of the day when it comes to finding a nanny.


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