What Is the Real Value of Stay at Home Parents?

Last updated: December 11th, 2020 Published on: March 6, 2019

A parent’s work is never done, is often a term a child hears throughout their lifetime following the picking up of socks, school runs, homework proofing and best friend fallouts.

To support that statement, we’ve looked into eight ‘jobs’ that are embraced when one enters the world of parenting; cooking, cleaning, taxi-ing, caring, nursing, organising, educating and emotional supporting. With these eight roles taken on by a mother or father, we’ve then looked at the potential earnings a stay-at-home parent could make should they be paid for each.

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The differences in regions are this.

If in London, a parent can earn a potential £263,587pa for undergoing the eight roles we’ve analysed, whereas in Bristol, you’d only look to be earning £185,607pa.

In the city of Cardiff, a chef could be earning £44,749pa, though in Glasgow, you’d only look to be earning £22,310pa, so where might it be worth being the chef of the household for your family?

A PA would estimate to earn on average £25,803pa in Birmingham and £34,729pa in London, with the role being more popular with women than men.

Nurses in Nottingham will earn an average of £50,828pa compared to the UK’s capital where the average salary of a nurse is £32,534.


A psychologist in London, however, has the potential to take home £61,312pa. Across the UK this dips; Leeds £30,709, Manchester £40,958, Liverpool £29,591, Edinburgh £33,640.

A cleaners salary is somewhat consistent across these top UK cities ranging from £13,385 in Glasgow to over £17,000 in other leading regions.

We’ve also looked at the amount of stay-at-home parents on LinkedIn, with 14,536 men having the Stay at Home Dad title, and surprisingly 5,062 fewer women advertising themselves as Stay at Home Mums. 23,956 are listed as a Stay at Home Parent.

Can we put a price on a parents’ duties?

We think not, but to show your value and highlight all that you do, the research has been done!