Travel rates for babysitters?

Travel rates for babysitters?

Joined: August 4th, 2008, 5:45 pm

June 13th, 2012, 4:08 pm #1

For those of you who travel for work, to present at conferences, etc., do you ever bring a babysitter with you? If so, would you mind sharing the daily rate that you pay? Does it depend on the length of the trip? The # of children? Other factors?

I'm facing a dilemma with a babysitter who agreed to come on a trip and then informed me she had raised "her rate" after the plane tickets had already been purchased.

Thanks so much!
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Joined: June 20th, 2006, 2:07 am

June 13th, 2012, 5:17 pm #2

I don't have any rates to offer you but I remember it coming up on this BB before so I am sure you'll get great advice.

I think it's impolite and unprofessional of her to tell you her price and you both agree to it and then she changes it. Is her increase a big one?

keep us posted. Sorry I couldn't be of much help.

Julie
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Joined: August 4th, 2008, 5:45 pm

June 14th, 2012, 4:20 am #3

Thanks, Julie, for your support and interest!

This babysitter had traveled with us before, and we'd agreed on a rate at that time. We hadn't discussed it for this specific trip. I'd just assumed that our previous commitment would continue, and she didn't mention wanting 1/3 more until after I had plane tickets.

I'm hoping that some of our board buddies do have experience that they may be willing to share.

Hope you're doing OK, Julie!
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Joined: February 10th, 2009, 9:24 pm

June 14th, 2012, 3:58 pm #4

For those of you who travel for work, to present at conferences, etc., do you ever bring a babysitter with you? If so, would you mind sharing the daily rate that you pay? Does it depend on the length of the trip? The # of children? Other factors?

I'm facing a dilemma with a babysitter who agreed to come on a trip and then informed me she had raised "her rate" after the plane tickets had already been purchased.

Thanks so much!
double L
While I havent ever traveled with a babysitter (though it sounds ideal in terms of going out for adult activities!), I would be unhappy too. Her timing is lousy and her approach totally unprofessional, but Im going to give her the benefit of the doubt and say that maybe she is not sophisticated". I bet that she has been talking to other nannies and discovered she was well below the going rate, and decided to challenge you this way, knowing well that you need someone. She has clearly decided that she doesnt want to go on the trip for the lower rate and is willing to lose your business to get the higher rate. Do you have an agreement about who pays her meals, etc? Is it possible she feels she needs more money to cover her meals, etc?

Since you already have your tickets and it would be costly to change them, and since you mustve liked her as a sitter in the past since you are hiring her once again, I think Id pay her increase without discussion about it. I try never to raise issues with treasured babysitters because they are taking care of my kids and they are just too hard to come by. I would think a traveling babysitter would be especially hard to find, and maybe she has discovered this too. I bet she doesnt realize that Just because you let it go this time doesnt guarantee youll be hiring her in the future, though!

Hope you can put this incident out of your mind and still enjoy your trip!

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Joined: September 22nd, 2009, 7:19 pm

June 14th, 2012, 9:32 pm #5

For those of you who travel for work, to present at conferences, etc., do you ever bring a babysitter with you? If so, would you mind sharing the daily rate that you pay? Does it depend on the length of the trip? The # of children? Other factors?

I'm facing a dilemma with a babysitter who agreed to come on a trip and then informed me she had raised "her rate" after the plane tickets had already been purchased.

Thanks so much!
double L
Mine may have been a bit different situation. I was doing off-site meetings at my boss's house (I'm a remote employee a couple hundred miles from the office) so the sitter came to the home and watched DS in another room in the house. I used care.com and sittercity to find them.

If the conference is at a hotel, maybe the concierge could help find someone. It may not be the right idea this time, but maybe for the future.
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Joined: June 24th, 2005, 12:12 am

June 15th, 2012, 10:29 am #6

Thanks, Julie, for your support and interest!

This babysitter had traveled with us before, and we'd agreed on a rate at that time. We hadn't discussed it for this specific trip. I'd just assumed that our previous commitment would continue, and she didn't mention wanting 1/3 more until after I had plane tickets.

I'm hoping that some of our board buddies do have experience that they may be willing to share.

Hope you're doing OK, Julie!
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Oh, I hate this stuff. That is such bad form on her part. Really, what are you to do since plane tickets are non-refundable?

Very tempting to just follow the advice below and roll with it. It would leave a bitter taste in my mouth, but if you say anything, it will leave a bitter taste in hers (or in both of yours).

Depending on who she is, maybe she doesn't realize that you are stuck because of the tickets? Or that 33% is quite a doozy of an increase to spring on someone who has no choice? That increasing a rate is a reasonable thing to do if you feel you are being paid below market, but the right time to do this is before you accept an assignment, not after. You could point these out to her, not to change anything from this trip but just so she recognizes it going forward.

Do you think what she did is bring it up to market? Maybe you really were off by that much? I wish I had some concrete knowledge on that front. My guess would be the regular hourly rate for the hours she'll be working, all meals, transportation and accommodations, and then a per diem on top of that, maybe $100/day? Wow, this adds up--which is why I've never traveled with a sitter, which is why I've never traveled, which is why I'm feeling very limited in my job options...ugh!

When I've talked with a sitter about doing an overnight, I was thinking hourly for the hours dd is awake/sitter would be up waiting for me if it weren't an overnight (ie, hourly until about 11pm and then again in am) and about $50 for the overnight.




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