FAQs

Does the client incur travel costs when the employee starts a new position?
Open Does the client incur travel costs when the employee starts a new position?

The client is responsible for covering travel expenses at the start and end of the employment.

Over and above this, for overseas placements, 1-2 return flights to the candidate’s country of residence are typically included and will be set out in the employment contract.

Is there usually a trial period with overseas positions?
Open Is there usually a trial period with overseas positions?

A trial period is normally built into a probationary period in the contract.

For overseas positions how does payroll, tax and other employment obligations differ from the UK?
Open For overseas positions how does payroll, tax and other employment obligations differ from the UK?

Most countries have differing tax legislation. Your Signature Staff consultant will advise you on this if you apply for an overseas position.

Equivalently your holiday entitlements will differ too, and will be set-out in your employment contract.

What kind of visa do I need to work as a nanny or member of household staff?
Open What kind of visa do I need to work as a nanny or member of household staff?

In the UK, you need to hold a full working visa – there are a few options currently available, including a Tier 5 Youth Mobility Visa, a Spousal Visa, and an Ancestry Visa.

Currently, household staff are not able to be sponsored by employers to get visas.

For overseas positions (ex. UK), your Signature Staff consultant will ensure the requisite visas are applied for by the Client, and the Client will also bear the costs of these.

How do I convert gross salary to net salary as a nanny or member of household staff in the UK?
Open How do I convert gross salary to net salary as a nanny or member of household staff in the UK?

The easiest way to determine your net pay (salary into your bank account after deductions) is to call your Signature Staff consultant and we’ll be able to advise you.

How do I use Nannytax as a nanny or member of household staff in the UK?
Open How do I use Nannytax as a nanny or member of household staff in the UK?

Your employer will register with Nannytax, having inputted your gross pay and other relevant information into the Nannytax portal.

Nannytax will automatically generate a monthly payslip for you which will set out your gross pay and your net pay with the difference being deductions for tax, pension contributions, student loan repayments (if applicable).

As a part-time nanny or other member of household staff, how do I get paid and declare tax in the UK?
Open As a part-time nanny or other member of household staff, how do I get paid and declare tax in the UK?

Those employees who work on a permanent part-time basis will be classified as employed.

If you are employed in a part-time role, your employer is responsible for operating a PAYE scheme.

As a nanny or other member of household staff in the UK, what determines whether I am employed or self-employed?
Open As a nanny or other member of household staff in the UK, what determines whether I am employed or self-employed?

All permanent employees in a household who work are employed, not self-employed.

Those candidates who work on a temporary basis (full-time or part-time) are self-employed and responsible themselves for declaring their income and meeting the accompanying tax obligations.

We advise all staff to talk in terms of a gross salary when accepting a new position, the agency can advise on standard rates of pay to expect.

Who provides the employment contract to be agreed between the nanny or other member of household staff and the employer?
Open Who provides the employment contract to be agreed between the nanny or other member of household staff and the employer?

Your Signature Staff consultant can provide a draft contract of employment although sometimes your prospective employers will provide one.

Your Signature Staff consultant will advise you as to the standard terms currently prevailing in the market at that particular point in time to ensure you are treated fairly.

Does Signature Staff charge candidates a fee to register?
Open Does Signature Staff charge candidates a fee to register?

No fee is paid by candidates at any time during their interaction with Signature Staff.

What background checks do Signature Staff run on you, the candidate?
Open What background checks do Signature Staff run on you, the candidate?

References: we require you to have at least 3 years’ experience with checkable references – we don’t just stop at two referees

Face-to-Face Meeting: We ask you to attend a face to face meeting at our Central London office, during this interview, we’ll verify your identity, working rights; site your documentation and make sure we have a thorough understanding of your skill-set, experience and what you are looking for in a job.

Certificates

  • Your Photo ID: either a valid passport or driving licence
  • Your identity documentation: Passport, Driving Licence, NI No, etc.
  • Proof of eligibility to work in the UK if you are seeking a position in the UK
  • Reasons for any gaps in your employment history
  • Certificates to evidence your qualifications
  • An up-to-date DBS certificate (for those working with children)
  • An up-to-date First Aid certificate (for those working with children)
How many years’ experience working as a candidate must I have in order to register with Signature Staff?
Open How many years’ experience working as a candidate must I have in order to register with Signature Staff?

We require a minimum of 3 years’ experience of working in a private household.

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