There's no question that the economy is affecting corporate America and families throughout the country, but has the power in home employment also shifted?
For years nannies and childcare workers have set their job descriptions and monetary demands with families complying due to fear of their employees being poached by others offering more money, better hours, and additional benefits. According to the Washington Post, tough economic times have led to a shift in power. Some families are demanding more of their nannies – including housework, longer hours, and smaller pay raises – or ending their arrangements all together. The article said:
In the past six to eight months, though, agencies report a deluge of available nannies as parents losing their jobs or downsizing turn to cheaper childcare options, including staying at home. Neighborhood email lists are bristling with parents posting jobs for their former nannies. ("Dream nanny available immediately!") Real-life Mary Poppinses who once had their pick of jobs are finding themselves out of work for weeks, or months, at a time.
Has the economy affected your childcare situation?
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