Would YOU pay £15 an hour for a babysitter? Mother sparks a furious debate by admitting she resents paying minimum wage for someone to look after her children

  • Mother said babysitter had requested a pay rise from £6 an hour to £7.20 
  • Admitted feeling it was too much for 'just sitting and watching TV'
  • The post prompted many to air disgust at paying below minimum wage
  • Others believed she was overpaying and could pay a teen just £10 a night

A mother has sparked a heated online debate after admitting she begrudges giving her babysitter a pay rise in line with the minimum wage.

Posting on Mumsnet, the woman - who goes by the name Niloufes on the parenting site - said her babysitter had requested a pay rise from £6 an hour to £7.20, in line with the minimum wage.

The mother admitted feeling it was too much for 'just sitting and watching TV' and asked fellow users for their thoughts.

What do you pay your babysitter to watch your child sleep? One mother has sparked a heated debate online

What do you pay your babysitter to watch your child sleep? One mother has sparked a heated debate online

The Mumsnet post in which one mother admitted she begrudged paying the minimum wage to her babysitter

The Mumsnet post in which one mother admitted she begrudged paying the minimum wage to her babysitter

The question triggered a deluge of responses with some mothers saying they found it 'shocking' to pay a babysitter so little, while others said £6 an hour was over the going rate. 

Some mothers admitted paying as little as £10 for the night and, while others said they shelled out £15 an hour. 

Kicking off the debate Niloufes posted: 'Our babysitter recently told us that she is putting her costs up to minimum wage per hour, £7.20 an hour. Am I being unreasonable to think this is too much? 

She added: 'She comes round when our three-year-old daughter is asleep and waits until we get home. Only once has she woken up and needed a drink and so the sitter is just sitting watching TV the rest of the time. Is this a normal amount to pay? We paid £6 before.'

The post prompted many to air their disgust at paying under minimum wage, while others believed that the minimum wage debate was irrelevant - unless the babysitter declares their income.

Some Mumsnet users aired disgust at questioning whether to paying  babysitters under minimum wage

Some Mumsnet users aired disgust at questioning whether to paying  babysitters under minimum wage

ThinkPinkStink posted: 'I'm shocked that people think it's okay to question paying someone the minimum wage.

'The minimum wage is literally that - the absolute bare bottom a person should be paid for their time.

'And it's not as if she's sweeping leaves from your garden, she is responsible for the safety and comfort of your darling offspring... Jeepers.'

Another user, Someonestolemynick, said: 'I think it's outrageous that you begrudge paying someone minimum wage.'

The mother, who triggered the debate, said her three-year-old daughter is always asleep when the babysitter arrives 'so the sitter is just sitting watching TV the rest of the time' - and begrudged paying over £6 an hour

The mother, who triggered the debate, said her three-year-old daughter is always asleep when the babysitter arrives 'so the sitter is just sitting watching TV the rest of the time' - and begrudged paying over £6 an hour

Some mothers admitted paying as little as £10 for the night and thought even £6 was over the going rate

Some mothers admitted paying as little as £10 for the night and thought even £6 was over the going rate

She added: 'I wouldn't give my evening up for less than £10 per hour.'

While Expatinscotland wrote: 'So your daughter's safety whilst you're out isn't worth minimum wage. Wow. Just, wow.'

'Don't be so cheap!' came another response from PPie10.

But many mothers felt a hike in price to £7.20 was a rip-off - and admitted paying far less.

Twistedheartache felt the babysitterwas 'trying it on' and advised: 'Vote with your feet and go elsewhere.'

Another user responded: 'Get a teen and pay £10 and with takeaway.'

'I pay £5 an hour to my friend's daughter. She's in her teens, it's pocket money,' posted Willconcern.

Many mothers agreed that the rate depended on who was doing the job - saying they were happy to pay teenager 'pocket money' but would pay a qualified nanny a far higher rate. 

Others were far less judgmental. OddBoots posted: 'There is no reasonable or unreasonable in this, it's a free choice for both sides.'

Having heard strong views on both sides, Niloufes was keen to bring the debate to a close and posted: 'Thanks for all your answers, it seems like it's the going rate then. So iabu [I am being unreasonable], which was the question, so ta.'

 

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