You have been asked to accompany the family you work for on holiday. It sounds like it could be alot of fun and it can be . Hopefully you have a super relationship with your family , although it is still really important to sit down with the family and discuss all the points below. It is so much more enjoyable if you all know the expectations . Once you are happy with the terms only then agree.
- What should the family pay for on top of your salary? All flights, travel to and from the airport, accommodation ( ideally you should have your own room , but if you are to share with the children this should be mentioned now) all your food in work hours.
- What should your salary be ? If you normally work a 50 hour week for example , this is usually what you will be doing whilst on holiday too, so no extra salary would be offered. However , it is normal for the family to ask for these hours to be flexible over 7 days not necessarily your working days in the Uk. So for example you work 8-6pm Monday – Friday . They may suggest you work just 7 hours a day instead but every day. There expectations should be presented to you in a spreadsheet . Which should clearly state the day, hours expected to work, free time . Please note that the hours you are travelling there and back from your home to the destination should be deducted from your weekly hours.
- How much for overtime? Of course they may require you to work more than your usual working hours here in the Uk . This is of course up to you whether you accept this and for you to agree on an hourly rate . You should both keep a log of extra hours required so you have it in writing and this overtime should be paid to you at the end of the holiday.
- Should I have a contract? Absolutely you should have it in writing and for you both to sign before any tickets are booked.
- What should be included in the contract? Schedule of days/hours required, total of hours over a week . Accommodation provided. That all meals in working hours included. Hourly rate for additional hours and agreement that this will be logged and paid at the end of the holiday.