Thursday, April 12, 2012
Are Unemployed Teachers Joining the Nanny Job Market?
We have been discussing the results of the Be the Best Nanny Newsletter monthly poll. We asked nannies why they think it's harder to find great nanny jobs?
Those who participated in our poll answered that illegal immigrants are the number one reason nannies can't find stellar nanny positions. Next, nannies blame the bleak job market on the economy. According to our survey results, nannies accuse American citizens that are paid illegally in cash, working off-the-books, for hurting the credibility of nannies in general.
Next, results of our survey show that nannies think so many teachers being laid-off nationwide has led many educators to join the nanny job market.
In 2011 hundreds of teacher contracts expired and for many teachers, those contracts were not picked up again. This school year thousands of education jobs are at risk.
Most school districts (over 75 percent) simply did not replace some teachers who resigned or retired. More than half reported laying off central office employees, dismissing teachers without proper certification and not replacing them, or freezing or reducing teacher hiring.
Obviously parents jump at the chance to leave their children with someone with a teaching background. Why wouldn't parents hire the most experienced and educated nanny they can find for the same price? Meanwhile, does that mean qualified nannies with 20-years of experience are being overlooked?
What do you think? Are there less nanny jobs available because teachers who are working as nannies?