Is being a ‘live-in’ home tutor really worth it?
somebody whose parents have made clear has made a lot of bad decisions and lacks motivation, and who needs to do well at one of the best universities in Canada. Now, not a lot of people would fit that bill, would they?” says Caller, whose company employs the tutors, taking a cut of 25-33 per cent of their salary. Tellingly, the job application for that Toronto placement is still open today.
On Caller’s website, various budget options are available, beginning at £8,000 a month, and going up to £20,000. Above that, sits the option: “money no object.”
Despite being open for almost two decades, last month Caller saw more interest in Tutors International than in the entire of 2016. And of all customers, 97 per cent ticked the “money no object” box.
This year, one family in Hong Kong is spending £340,000 (plus food, accommodation, bills and a vehicle) on two tutors for their two small children.
“But when you see those salaries you have to ask yourself: just how awful are those jobs?” he warns. “These families expect a lot for that money, so you will have to work for it, and this is not a holiday. We’ve got one tutor going travelling with a family for an entire year on a 70ft yacht. Sleeping in a cabin, all meals on the boat with the family, rarely getting off ...
“Plus, they have a job to do and tough parents to please. It’s not going to feel like much luxury for anyone.”
If this sudden boom is lucrative for tutors (and handy for cash-rich, time-poor parents), pity the poor students who won’t be getting the summer off. Even Castor has some sympathy.
“If there was a job that was six or eight weeks, taking the whole summer from the child, I’d feel very sorry, I think. It wouldn’t be good for them. I understand that if you want a child to become the next Andy Murray they need to practice all day every day, but even I wouldn’t want to be him. They’re young, and you have to draw the line somewhere, don’t you?”