Nanny Options

  • Nannies can either work through an employment contract, or through a freelance registration. Each way of working is fully legal when managed appropriately, and will count towards childcare related tax rebates if all payments are made via bank transfer.

  • Employment contracts come in three kinds: Mini-Job, Midi-Job and Full-Time. Each kind can be fixed term or open end. Extra Arms will explain the differences between the types of contracts to each family during the Family Consultation, so the family can decide what best applies to their situation.

  • If a family becomes their Nanny’s employer, Extra Arms will assist with the bureaucracy involved, and provide continued mediation and support throughout your Nanny’s placement with you.

  • Freelance Nannies choose to work through a freelance registration, invoicing their clients at regular intervals. Freelance Nannies tend to take short term work, or work involving fewer hours, in order to ensure they do not become “falsely employed” by any one family. Extra Arms will support each family and freelance Nanny throughout each placement, helping them to understand how to structure their relationship appropriately.

Nanny rates

Nanny rates will vary depending on the specific characteristics of the position on offer and the experience and skill set of the Nanny. You should expect your Nanny to cost from eight to twenty euros per hour including taxes and social security. Rates will vary epending on set-up, age and number of children, number of hours on offer and specific training, qualifications and experience of your Nanny.

Agency Fees

  • Each family will be charged a Family Consultation fee of 55 euros plus VAT. This covers the initial consultation (whether it takes place in person, or via phone/video chat), a bespoke quote, cost overview and draft job description.

  • If and when the family decided to go ahead and search for a Nanny  through Extra Arms (which will involve Extra Arms notifying all Nannies on the books that the position is on offer, and/or search for the Nanny through other means, sending on applicants’ CVs, organizing and following up on interviews) they will be charged a Search fee of 65 euros plus VAT.

  • Placement fees will be calculated based family income, Nanny compensation and expected length of the placement. The placement fee will become due only if and when you decide to work with a Nanny represented by Extra Arms.

  • For temporary placements (i.e. placements with a fixed end date and or expected to last under 12 weeks), families will be charged 13% of the overall value of the placement, plus VAT.

  • For permanent placements (i.e. placements with no fixed end date and/or expected to last over 12 weeks), families will be charged in an amount equal to 12% of the Nanny’s yearly net compensation (for freelance arrangements, the net equals the Nanny’s hourly rate), plus VAT.

  • For Nanny Shares, the families will split the placement fee among them in any way they see fit.

  • A 10% discount will be available to all families whose combined income falls under 5000 euros per month gross.

  • Installment options are available to all families upon request.

External Placements

External Placements are those in which a Nanny and family have found each other independently but wish Extra Arms to support in understanding and regularizing their working relationship. For External Placements we charge 1/3 of what we’d charge if the placement was internal.

The process will involve:

  • A 2/3 h consultation with all parties present

  • Drafting of a bilingual document you may use as your contract/agreement if you so choose

  • Supporting contract registration, when appropriate

What exactly do the agency fees cover?

Agency fees tend to puzzle, because it might seem that after all, all Extra Arms does is put families and Nannies in touch- but things are more complex. Each placement, be short or long term, big or small, will take somewhere between twenty and forty Agency-hours of work.

Count with us:

  • Ten hours to place a Nanny on the books: after three years in business, Extra Arms is able to estimate that for each Nanny present on the books and ready to work, we have interviewed at least four more, for a total of around eight combined hours of interview. Then we will spend an additional two to four hours answering questions via email and during further in person chats, as we help clarify all things work, from mandatory contract registration requirements, to what information must be contained in a freelancer’s invoice, from how to obtain or refresh a first aid certificates or police checks, to making sure the Nanny has a clear view of how child-care fits into their work/life balance and long term goals. This ensures that, once a Nanny applies with interest to the position a family offers, he or she are truly able and willing to do the job. Each Nanny search is likely to attract tree to six applicants. Remember: for each candidate you do see, there were four more that were not suited to the post, or were not sincerely interested in it, that we interviewed, so you didn’t have to.

  • Ten hours from first search run to pre-employment consultations summary: The process of sending on candidate profiles, arranging interviews, checking references, gathering and sharing feedback will take approximately thirty minutes of our time per candidate, meaning that just sending candidates on to you will occupy one and a half to three hours of agency time. The negotiation process to get to an offer based on the original job description and the candidate’s feedback will take a further couple of hours of email or phone conversations. The pre-employment consultations need an average of three hours of in person mediation, followed by an hour (conservatively) of redaction of your post consultation summary.

  • Continued support: How much support a family and Nanny will need from the start of the placement and its related bureaucracy to the end of your work together will vary massively across the spectrum. Thus far, family/nanny pairings have required anywhere from five to twenty hours of continued support during their work together.

  • Could we do it any other way? Sure we could. We could limit ourselves to putting Nannies we have not met in touch with families whose needs we know nothing about, and let them sort themselves out. But this agency is run by an ex Nanny. She, her Nannies and the families who have hired through Extra Arms in the past three years feel that working in that way would just not be good enough. Carers, families and the children involved deserve better.

Thank you for helping the Extra Arms project survive and grow, by understanding that our services are priced the way they are, because the quality of the work we strive to do is very high, and requires sustenance.