Why is this nanny job paying £50,000? Would you dare?

Nanny job in a haunted house

It sounds like a fabulous job opportunity for anyone keen to make some serious money while working with children. You get a fabulous income of £50,000 a year, plus 28 days holiday, and free accommodation in a stunning historic home - with your own room, kitchen and bathroom. You are looking after two young children, in a 'friendly family'.

So why have five nannies quit already this year?

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The family is advertising the role on childcare.co.uk. It's not an easy job. The parents, who live in the Scottish Borders, are a busy working couple, and spend up to four nights a week working away from home. For those days and nights you'll be in sole charge. However, plenty of people do this kind of nannying job in far more expensive locations, for far less money. So why does it pay more than twice the going rate? And why have so many nannies quit?


The answer lies further down in the listing, where the family say they feel it's important "to be as up-front as possible to find the right person". They admit that the issue lies in the home itself. They explain: "We have lived in our home for nearly 10 years. We were told it was 'haunted' when we bought it, but kept our minds open and decided to buy the house regardless. Five nannies have left the role in the last year, each citing supernatural incidents as the reason, including strange noises, broken glass and furniture moving."

They add that they have never seen any of these strange things themselves, and it has only happened when the nannies have been in sole charge. They're keen to secure a long-term nanny as soon as possible, to avoid any more upheaval for the children.

Richard Conway, founder and CEO of Childcare.co.uk said: "When we saw the advert we were stunned. Some of the guys at HQ were sceptical but after talking to the family and their previous employees we realised it was a genuine position. We have hundreds of thousands of providers on the site and we're hoping that one of them will be able to help them."

"The family has assured us that no harm has come to anyone living in the house, however the nanny will have to have a strong disposition!"

How does it compare?

The good news for this family is that there are plenty of people who do jobs that would freak most people out - and actively choose to do so. Britain's most haunted hotels and pubs all find staff. Compare this rate of pay to that of a housekeeper, who gets £12,000 a year on average to clean haunted rooms.

Then there are those who work with the dead for less than this nanny will make. The average funeral director receives around £30,000 a year. And in that role you are guaranteed to be spending time in graveyards, carrying coffins, and sharing your office with the deceased. A gravedigger, meanwhile, can expect to make between £11,000 and £25,000.

The question is whether you are prepared to overlook a ghost in return for a fabulous rate of pay in a lovely part of the country. What did you think? Would you do it?

Britain's most dangerous jobs
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Britain's most dangerous jobs

By far the most dangerous job across most of the world is fishing. Apparently 103 in every 100,000 fishermen will die at sea - most of them by drowning, and according to Oxford University, those who work at sea are an incredible 50 times more likely to die at work than anyone else.

How well they are rewarded for risking their lives depends on where they fit in the pecking order. At the very top, with your own boat and crew, in a good year, you could bring home more than £100,000. At the bottom of the heap as a trainee deckhand you would be lucky to get more than £10,000 a year.

In the army, these experts have the nickname Felix - because they need every one of the nine lives. We all make mistakes at work and in this role mistakes will kill or maim you. 

In return for taking up such a dangerous role, you'll be paid £32,000 a year, which is made to look even more paltry by the fact that many of these experts end up drawing a disability pension before very long.

The risks of working with highly volatile and explosive materials in impossibly difficult natural environments is bad enough. Add in the risks of working in politically charged environments where you may well be a target for terrorists, and you can see why this is a dangerous job. In fact it has a fatality rate of around 32 per 100,000, and around 100 people a year die in the industry- around twice the average for all UK workers.

This risk, however, is reasonably rewarded - partly because of the fact it can be hard to attract workers to the places where oil and gas needs to be extracted. It's not uncommon for those with experience to be making £75,000 a year.

Put people up high, give them something heavy and awkward to carry, then get them to do it in the rain. It's not surprising this is a dangerous job. What is perhaps surprising is that over the past five years 30% of all work-related deaths in the UK have been in this industry. The riskiest construction jobs are those where heights are part of the every-day business of work - with scaffolders, steeplejacks ad roofers facing the most danger at work.

The pay starts around £20,000 for skilled workers, rising to around £50,000 for site managers.

Around 54,000 road accidents involving professional drivers take place on British roads every year - which is around 250 a day. Meanwhile, one in four of all road deaths involve a driver who is at work at the time. Despite stringent rules about how long they are allowed to drive for, and in-cab telematics to make sure they don't bend the rules, tiredness is the main cause. 

In return for the danger, plus the long hours and the anti-social lifestyle, these workers can expect to earn around £25,000 a year.

The risks are perhaps unsurprising, given that drowning accounts for the majority of fatalities. However there are also problems from high gas consumption and mental health problems, often due to having to spend inordinate times decompressing in a confined space with another individual.

However, given the risks, the inhospitable locations and the skills required, the role can earn you £100,000 a year or more.

These are often ex-military personnel employed to protect wealthy or powerful individuals. The role is unsurprisingly highly dangerous, with the constant threat of terrorist attacks, enemy fire or booby traps.

There really is danger money associated with this job, which is another role than can earn the right individual 6 figures a year.

Around 15 police officers lose their lives at work every year. However, surprisingly, the biggest risk is from involvement in a road accident, which causes 70% of the deaths. Around half of these are officers getting to and from work. Meanwhile no more than one or two are killed by criminals in an average year. Fatalities, however, are only a small proportion of the massive number of injuries a policeman can pick up - with roughly one police officer injured every hour.

In return they can expect to earn around £40,000, rising to £55,000 for senior officers.

Again there aren't a huge number of deaths in the line of duty. However, every fire is potentially fatal, and every job carries the risk of injury. Injures are very common, although burns account for only 5% of them, the rest tend to be due to things like training and carrying equipment.

The pay has been subject to a number of arguments and even strikes but is currently around £30,000.

Perhaps it's surprising that this doesn't come higher up the list. Since 2001 over 350 have lost their lives fighting in Iraq and Afghanistan. The front line is clearly just about the most dangerous environment possible, and has to be up there with the place that most people would least like to work.

In return for putting their lives on the line in the service of their county, army personnel can expect to be paid £14,000 when they start out - rising to up to £100,000 for the most senior officers.


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