The lives of UAE nannies revealed

Dubai at Dusk

A recent study has revealed insight into what it’s like to work as a nanny in the UAE.

Working as a nanny in the UK is a pretty good gig, with many benefits available depending on the employer. However, for those working as nannies and as staff in private households in the UAE it is a slightly different story.

A major survey charting the role of domestic nannies in the UAE (via The National) has revealed that the average salary is just Dh1,800 per month, which is equivalent to about £366. It has also been revealed, rather troublingly, that only 15 percent of nannies have any kind of childcare training.

The UAE Nanny Salary Survey also found that the majority of nannies earn less than Dh2,000 (£407) per month while 40 percent bring in Dh2,000 or more and only one in ten earn over Dh3,000.

Nannies look after 95 percent of UAE children

The UAE also uses nannies in a very large capacity, with about 750,000 of them working across the country and 95 percent of UAE children being in the care of nannies.

As you might expect, experience does play a factor in the level of pay for nannies in the UAE, with those that have three years’ nanny experience earning an average of Dh1,492 and those with over five years’ experience earning an average of Dh1,922.

Like most countries, it pays to be working as a nanny in the more affluent areas. In Dubai, for example, the best areas to work for increased pay are Palm Jumeriah and Meadows, where nannies earn a fair bit more than in locations such as Old Dubai.

For comparison, a fully time live-in Nanny in London earns an average of £314 a week, and outside of London, the average is £250 per week, rising as high as £600 dependent on hours and experience.

Live-out nannies in London can expect to earn an average of £400 per week.

Hero nanny stops thief from stealing a package

Hero nanny

A nanny has shown that those in her profession can be heroes too as she stops a thief from stealing a package.

CCTV footage from Washington, USA, has captured the brave efforts of a hero nanny who chased down and tackled someone who was trying to steal an Amazon package.

Kate Anderson was enjoying her last day as a nanny at a house in Everett, Washington when she noticed that a woman was running up the driveway and stealing a package which had just been delivered.

Luckily, Kate noticed the thief, which caused the woman to run towards a getaway vehicle. The car, however, drove off before the woman could climb inside, allowing Kate to bravely chase after her and drag her down to the ground. Kate could be heard yelling “What are you doing, what are you trying to steal?”

Nannies can be heroes too

This hero nanny then held onto the woman and brought her back to the house. Explaining the situation to Kiro 7, Kate said: “I saw her bending and picking it up, and they get a lot of packages. And I knew. I was like, ‘Oh my gosh, she’s taking that,’ so I just took off after her.”

The thief tried to protest her innocence and told Kate to get off her but luckily the nanny had seen clearly what this woman had done via the house’s security cameras.

“She’s just like a straight baller, she’s amazing and doesn’t take any crap from anybody” said homeowner and friend Tanya Smith.

The woman apprehended was identified as Rhieanna Schindler who has outstanding warrants for drug possession and theft, having been arrested more than 20 times since 2010.

This just goes to show the importance of vigilant and capable nannies. Not only do nannies and household staff such as this need to be able to look after small children but they can also be vital in protecting the environment in which they live.