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.