Demand for nannies/child carers increasing
Demand for nannies/child carers is average, but expected to continue to increase.
The increased demand for nannies/child carers is due to:
- expensive living costs, which mean both parents need to work
- parents preferring in-home care to early childhood centres
- shortages of places in city early childcare centres.
Demand has increased the most in Auckland, Christchurch, Hawke's Bay, Queenstown, Tauranga and Christchurch.
According to the Census, 10,548 nannies/child carers worked in New Zealand in 2018.
Full-time work difficult to find for nannies/child carers
Nannies/child carers usually work part-time and it can be difficult to find full-time work due to parents only being funded for 20 hours a week childcare.
Nannies/child carers with qualifications, experience, good references and a full driver's licence are more likely to get a job.
Types of employers varied
Nannies/child carers may work for:
- nanny and in-home child care agencies
- babysitting agencies.