A wealthy family in Great Britain has posted what has to be one of the most demanding advertisements for in-house child-care help that I’ve ever seen.
They are very upfront about what the job entails and what they are offering in return — a chance to experience a high-end lifestyle with gourmet meals, a six-figure salary and full use of a bevy of very pricey cars.
All you have to do is work 13-hour days, 6 days a week.
We did the math.
It’s a 78 hour a week gig.
The pay is approximately $31.55 per hour.
“We are looking for a highly qualified nanny who has a degree in child psychology, no children of their own and a minimum of 15 years of nannying experience. The candidate must be willing to work six days a week, 7 am to 8 pm. We have four homes in London, Barbados, Cape Town and Atlanta. The applicant therefore must be comfortable with flying regularly, as they may be required to travel internationally up to three times a week, depending where the children are.”
Wowzah. That’s a lot to take in.
But there’s more. The ideal candidate will also:
- Give constant attention and supervision to the four children, ages 2, 5, 7 and 15.
- Participate in the children’s lessons (they are home-schooled).
- Run errands and take the children to daily appointments.
- Be willing to eat with the children at every meal. (This isn’t mandatory, but it is preferred, according to the ad.)
- Be trained in self-defense. If the perfect applicant does not already have the training, the family will provide it. The ad notes that this is a non-negotiable point.
- Be ready to vacate the house immediately when the parents return from “work and social commitments” so that they may spend “quality time as a family.”
Based on the requirements above, it’s hard to believe that a perfect candidate exists.
Jo Frost the Supernanny? Nope. She pushes parents to change their existing behaviors. I don’t think that’s going to fly in this household.
Mary Poppins? Yeah, right. She let those kids hang out on the ceiling.
Maria von Trapp? Nice try. “The Sound of Music’s” nanny didn’t have nearly enough academic chops or experience for this job.
Research indicates that the family, who wish to remain anonymous, live in one of the wealthiest districts in the city of Westminster.
So far, more than 1,000 have applied, according to an update the family made to their original posting.
That’s likely because they are offering some pretty sweet job perks to go with this challenging gig. Among them:
- Meals cooked by a Michelin star chef
- Multiple cars available for running those aforementioned errands, including a Porsche, Range Rover and Maserati.
- An annual salary that equates to $128,000 U.S. dollars under today’s exchange rates.
Want the job? Keep in mind you have to sell not only mom and dad, but their four children too.
“We wish to find the perfect nanny for our family and it’s vital that our children like the successful candidate. Therefore, there is a non-negotiable 2-week paid provisional period, where the nanny is required to live with us in one of our homes, so we can test the water!”
If you think you have what it takes, you can apply here.
But be warned. This is not the kind of job where you can have some of the requested qualifications and convince the family to hire you based on your charm.
They note in their ad:
“If you do not have ALL the necessary qualifications, skills and experience for the role then we would politely request that you DO NOT bother making an application as it is a WASTE OF OUR TIME and yours.”
We’ve reached out to the family for comment about their advertisement and search, but have not yet heard back. But their update suggests that few will make the cut.
“Only a small handful meet the specific requirements and criteria clearly stipulated in the advert below.”