An ad for a demanding but glamorous nanny job in London has piqued the interest of more than 1,000 applicants.
A family of six has posted an ad looking for a "highly qualified" nanny to take on the "demanding" job of watching the parents' four children, aged 2, 5, 7, and 15, according to WJW.
"We are looking for a highly qualified nanny who has a degree in child psychology, no children of their own and a minimum of 15 years of nannying experience," reads the ad on Childcare.co.uk. "The candidate must be willing to work six days a week, 7am to 8pm. We have four homes in London, Barbados, Cape Town and Atlanta. The applicant therefore must be comfortable with flying regularly, as they may be required to travel internationally up to three times a week, depending where the children are."
The four children are home-schooled and "require constant attention and supervision, even when they are with their teachers." The parents also say in the ad that they'd like the nanny to be able to participate in the children's school lessons.
The nanny would eat each meal with the children, with food cooked by "a Michelin star chef," and would have access to the family's multiple cars including a Range Rover, a Maserati, and a Porsche. "A clean U.K. driving license is a must," the ad says, so the potential nanny can drive the children to appointments and run errands for the family.
"My husband and I are often absent due to work and social commitments, but when we are home we like to have time alone with our children. Therefore, there will be periods where we ask our nanny to take leave to allow us to have quality time as a family," the ad says. "We do not mind what the nanny does with their free time, however binge drinking or drug taking will not be tolerated and will result in instant dismissal."
Something the ad lists as "non-negotiable" is that the nanny either take self-defense courses or already be trained in self-defense.
The job pays $128,000 a year and requires the nanny to sign an NDA for privacy, the ad says.
"We wish to find the perfect nanny for our family and its vital that our children like the successful candidate," adds the family. "Therefore, there is a non-negotiable 2-week paid provisional period, where the nanny is required to live with us in one of our homes, so we can test the water!"
"We are keen to find the perfect new addition to our family!" the original ad concludes.
After gaining attention online, the family updated the ad on Aug. 25 to talk about the incredible response they got.
"We were surprised to see our advert making headlines in the national and international press!" says the update. "Thank you to all the candidates that have responded to our advert so far."
"There have been over 1000 applications to date and only a small handful meet the specific requirements and criteria clearly stipulated in the advert below," the update continues, telling applicants who don't have the necessary qualifications not to "waste our time and yours."