How to Make Your Next Babysitter/Nanny Hire

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Last updated at 09-16-2020 17:46:35



More than 15,446 companies advertise 701,868 Babysitter/Nanny jobs on SimplyHired and its partner sites each year. After analyzing job postings and salary information from these companies, as well as direct job seeker feedback, we’ve compiled a list of insights to show you how to attract and hire your next Babysitter/Nanny most efficiently.

Hiring Process

In the past quarter, we’ve seen 63,213 job posts from 13,409 employers in the United States. This is a decrease of 53.4% compared to the previous quarter. On average, there are 47 Babysitter/Nanny job seekers for every active Babysitter/Nanny job, which shows that it is a job seeker's market.

Writing a Job Description

In the past quarter, Babysitter/Nanny, Customer Service Representative, Retail Sales Associate, Receptionist, Sales Associate, Cashier, Crew Member, Preschool Teacher, Team Member, and Front Desk Agent seem to be the most sought after jobs amongst the Babysitter/Nanny candidates in the United States. This differs from the last six quarters, where the most popular titles were: Babysitter/Nanny, Retail Sales Associate, Customer Service Representative, Receptionist, Sales Associate, Cashier, Front Desk Agent, Host/Hostess, Preschool Teacher, and Server. If you use one of these currently popular titles in the job description, you'll likely be able to attract a lot more candidates to apply.

For the Babysitter/Nanny candidates who are actively applying to jobs in this same period, we see that 35.8% of the active Babysitter/Nanny candidates have less than 3 years of experience, 25.3% have between 3-5 years of experience, 24.9% have 6-10 years of experience, and 14.0% have over 10 years of experience. The average years of experience has shifted from an estimated 6.7 years to 7.0 years. If you're posting a job in today's market, expect candidates with about the same experience level to apply to your job compared to the last 2 quarters.

In the previous quarter, the most popular skills that employers are looking for include childcare, nannying, English, Spanish, teaching, infant care, communication skills, special needs, customer service, and experience with children. Demand for teaching, English, preschool experience, special needs, Spanish, daycare, human resources, health information management, French, and nannying has significantly increased. If you are looking for a Babysitter/Nanny with a similar skill set, be sure to follow industry best practices in skill requirements.

Job posts with salary information received about 2.1 as many applies as those without it. In the past quarter, less than 86.4% of the job posts displayed salary information. By adding salary information to your job posting, you could potentially increase the number of applicants by approximately 110.0%.

Example Babysitter/Nanny responsibilities

  • Help children develop physically, socially, educationally, and emotionally
  • Plan activities for children, such as playing games or reading a book
  • Provide supervision during outings with children at parks or carnivals
  • Prepare or serve meals
  • Provide medical care like administering medications


Active Recruiting

When reaching out to candidates, it’s best to understand where to look. We’ve identified hiring trends in states as well as companies regularly hiring for Babysitter/Nanny positions. This should provide a good place to start looking for qualified candidates. According to our data in the last quarter: California, Texas, New York, Florida, and Illinois are the states that have the highest demand for Babysitter/Nannys. California, New York, Texas, Florida, and Illinois are where most job seekers are searching for Babysitter/Nanny jobs. If we look at the Babysitter/Nanny to job ratio, Maryland, Washington, Virginia, Illinois, and Massachusetts have the lowest number of Babysitter/Nanny applicants per job. Mississippi, Hawaii, Vermont, Oklahoma, and Arkansas have the most active Babysitter/Nanny job seekers per job.

Passive Recruiting

While actively recruiting candidates for your role, you should also post your job to SimplyHired. By posting for free and paying only for the qualified applicants you want, your post will automatically go to a network of job boards to reach millions of qualified candidates. With SimplyHired, it doesn’t end with the post. You can track your applicants throughout the hiring process with our simple and easy to use Applicant Tracking System (ATS).

Review Candidates

In the last quarter, we estimate there are 2,997,138 job seekers interested in Babysitter/Nanny opportunities in the United States. That’s a 24.3% increase compared to the previous quarter with 2,411,238 active job seekers. Around 35.8% of the active Babysitter/Nanny candidates have less than 3 years of experience, over 25.3% have between 3-5 years of experience, 24.9% have 6-10 years of experience, and 14.0% have over 10 years of experience. The average experience level of the available Babysitter/Nanny candidates is 7.0 years. Active candidates in the Babysitter/Nanny profession most commonly have high school diplomas, followed by bachelor's degrees, associate's degrees, and master's degrees. When setting education requirements for your position, aligning with the industry standard makes it easier to find potential candidates. Application rates indicate that Babysitter/Nanny candidates are likely experiencing a market in which applicants have less negotiating power. From an employer perspective, you'll have a greater selection of candidates to choose from and may want to invest in automated screening tools.

Interviewing Candidates

Interview Process

*Self-reported data collected from 11,527 Babysitter/Nannys from 1/1/2020 to 6/30/2020, via online employer reviews for companies including, NULL, College Nannies + Tutors, Private party/home owner., Family Friends, Cultural Care, Neighbors, Sittercity, Kinougarde, and NEW GENERATION.

After analyzing post-interview data from Babysitter/Nanny candidates in the last 6 months, we see more than 55.0% of the candidates self-reported being hired within 1 to 2 days. Around 88.6% of the candidates for this job reported being hired within 2 weeks. If your process takes longer than 2 weeks in the recent market, you'll likely lose these candidates to other employers. Most of the Babysitter/Nanny candidates are expecting a on-site interview, phone call/screening, background check, and they have no interview. Most employers do not require a presentation, problem solving exercises, or written test. If you are trying to hire your next Babysitter/Nanny quickly, consider simplifying and streamlining the hiring process. As for the interview experience, more than 83.7% of the candidates had a good or great interview experience, and more than 52% of the candidates thought that the interview leaned more towards easy.

Example Interview Questions

  • Tell me about your experience with childcare.
  • Tell me about a specific situation when you thought creatively to solve a problem.
  • Are you comfortable handling emergencies?
  • How did you prepare for this interview? Are you aware of how we work as a company? Can you describe our company culture to me?
  • Do you have any questions for me?

Final Review and Offer

Reference Check

Checking references is a quick and easy way to check for any red flags that didn’t arise to this point in the hiring process. Great insights can be provided by former colleagues and employers.

Crafting an Offer: Salary and Benefits

The average Babysitter/Nanny salary offered by employers increased for 2 out of 6 consecutive quarters in the United States. In the last quarter, we see a increase of 10% from $43,512.32 to $48,052.75 compared to the quarter before, which is on par with the past 6 quarters. For Babysitter/Nanny positions, the most common benefits job seekers reported being offered by employers include: paid time off by 46.8%, healthcare insurance by 26.3%, discounts by 23.7%, dental insurance by 10.2%, a 401k plan by 9.1%, vision insurance by 6.5%, and stock options/grants by 4.3%. While still relatively rare, more and more employers now offer flexibility benefits, including location variety, maternity leave, paternity leave, sabbaticals, somewhat remote, flexible working hours, mostly remote, and fully remote, to attract and retain Babysitter/Nanny candidates to their organization.

Background Check and Drug Test

According to self-reported job seeker feedback, 22.1% of the employers conducted a background check, and 7.1% of the employers conducted a drug test prior to the hiring of their Babysitter/Nanny candidates.


When you’re ready to hire a Babysitter/Nanny, SimplyHired is here to help with your next steps. Our Human Resources Information System (HRIS) provides onboarding tools and other essential HR tools. From document signing to time off tracking, our HRIS will help you seamlessly move a Babysitter/Nanny candidate through the hiring and onboarding process.

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