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The platinum and diamond 20,000-yuan-a-month nanny

ONE ayi agency created a stir recently when it advertised "high-end ayi for high-end clients."

Shanghai Daily reporter called the agency on Nanjing Road W., identifying herself as a potential client seeking an ayi to care for a recovering patient.

"Our ayi are not the kind you can just find on the street," said an agency consultant, with obvious contempt.

"We offer services that ordinary ayi cannot provide, such as giving hypodermic injections, giving traditional Chinese medicine massage and cooking carefully balanced meals," he said. "All of them are professionally trained and can provide five-star service."

They claim they have certificates for these services.

But when told that the prospective patient is recovering form lupus erythematosus, he said the price would be higher because the disease is "highly contagious."

In fact, lupus, an autoimmune disease, is not contagious.

"We have a lot of experience looking after this kind of patient," he said.

The price list is dizzying.

The one-time commission (consultation/hiring fee) to the agency for a "professional ayi" is 30,000 yuan. The monthly salary ranges from 4,998 yuan to 19,998 yuan, depending on client needs and the ayi's linguistic and other skills.

"We only offer service for high-end clients and our management team is from the Fortune 500," the consultant said.

Clients first pay a 10,000-yuan deposit, then the balance after choosing an ayi.

"Whether or not you are satisfied with the ayi after the trial month, the one-time commission must be paid," he said.

English-speaking ayi are divided into "fluent" groups priced at 19,998 yuan a month and "working level" groups at 13,998 yuan. Chinese-speaking ayi are priced at 4,998 yuan, 6,998 yuan and 9,998 yuan based on experience and skills.

The salary is payable by the quarter, thus, 45,000 yuan is required before the ayi starts her "five-star service." That's the cheapest for a Chinese speaker with minimum skills.

One would think such prices would guarantee quality, and some ayis probably work out very well.


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