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How Much Should a Mother Earn? 

by Bump, Baby & You

Mums, I’m sure this will all resonate with you!

A job ad has been posted online for a full time unpaid Domestic Engineer, in which the successful applicant is required to provide 24-hour care to help care for a young person for a minimum of 18 years of service. It has been posted through job search engine, Adzuna, would you apply?

Adzuna took a look at the responsibilities that parents and caregivers face daily, the experience and skills gained, what transferable skills they have acquired from caring for children, and how much they SHOULD actually earn for all the work they do as a mother.

Based on the information they collated, the job search engine posted a parody application onsite to shine on the spotlight on how much the average mummy REALLY does! Here’s just some of the jobs mummies do daily and the salary that we could earn from doing them in a professional capacity full time…

Job

Average UK salary

Number of live jobs on Adzuna

Financial Adviser

£40,990

3,605

Nurse

£36,062

769

Therapist

£33,718

7,703

Teacher

£29,782

58,952

Nanny

£27,429

960

Personal Shopper

£26,477

98

Chef

£26.140

23,758

Cleaner

£26,035

48,572

Swim Instructor

£25,685

343

Hairdresser 

£25,350

920

Taxi Driver

£24,174

284

Stylist

£22,561

917

PA

£22,429

7,897

Dog walker

£22,374

91

Dishwasher

£21,233

26

Beauty Therapist

£20,701

597

Ironer

£18,918

341

Laundry Assistant

£17,553

397

 

This shows that the total annual salary for a mummy’s work equates to £467,611 before tax.

After-tax, their weekly takeaway pay would be £4,978 meaning a whopping £258,870 a year!

Looking at it, that salary would make this role very tempting to apply for. However, the downsides would be…

  • Regular night shifts with no additional pay

  • Evening and weekend work expected as standard

  • 24-hour care

  • Live-in role

  • No pension/auto-enrolment scheme available

  • No healthcare scheme available

  • Zero hours paid holiday

  • Must be on call 24 hours a day

  • Limited training available

  • No career progression

  • No bonus scheme

  • Solo working

  • No medical insurance

Andrew Hunter, co-founder of Adzuna, has stated…

“While it is easy to take our mums or caregivers for granted, seeing how much they do for us on a daily basis and how much they would earn if parenting was a paid job role is astonishing, and really puts their hard work and sacrifice into perspective.

This Mother’s Day, make sure your mum knows how much you appreciate everything they do for you. Whether you offer to take on some of the household chores, schedule more frequent calls, or cook her favourite meal, we’re sure she’ll appreciate having one less job to do.”

(We’d like to add that these things should also be done on other days as well as Mother’s Day!)


Tell us your thoughts in the comments!

Love from Katie & Team BBY. Xx

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