Do You Think the Economy is to Blame?
This week we are discussing the results of our monthly poll that asked nannies what they think is making it hard for American's to find great nanny jobs?
The majority of survey participants answered that illegal immigrants are the number one reason Americans are finding it harder to find great nanny jobs.
Participants of the survey blame the economy and parents that are underemployed since the economic recession as the second most influential reason nannies are having a tough time finding jobs. No doubt, when parents lose their jobs they are forced to reduce the hours or fire their household help.
The economic booms of the late 1990s and 2000s made it possible for more middle-class and upper middle-class American families to employ nannies. But, when parents lose jobs in an economic recession, families are unfortunately forced to let their nannies go.
Of course nannies are victims of supply and demand. When there is more supply of available job seekers and a lower demand for those jobs, the job perks and salary often go down. With all other factors considered, (experience, great references, and education) parents will hire the caregiver willing to accept the lowest rate.
As a result, some nannies are forced to accept part-time nanny jobs, jobs with lower salary and benefits, nanny shares, or jobs in a different fields all together..
Do you agree with the Be the Best Nanny Newsletter survey results that illegal immigrants are a bigger reason nannies can't find great jobs than the fact that parents are underemployed or unemployed due to the economy?