Pocket money, working time and contract for au pairs in Austria

Pocket money, working time, holiday, the au pair contract  – all the important topics for au pairs and host families getting ready for an au pair stay in Austria. Clearly and compactly summarised here.

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  • Au pair contract

    Au pairs and families should clarify what they expect from each other before finalising a contract. This contract should regulate the most important points for the coming stay. In this way, future disappointments and misunderstandings can be avoided. We recommend using the official au pair contract for Austria (available only in German). 

    The au pair contract can be terminated by either the au pair or the host familiy without citing any specific reason as long as the required notice period of one week is observed.

  • Length of stay

    An au pair stay in Austria can last up to one year.

  • Duties

    The main responsibility of an au pair is to help with child care. In addition, au pairs also help with light housekeeping tasks.

    The host family and au pair should clarify in advance which duties will be expected in the course of the au pair stay. These duties should be described in detail in the au pair contract.

  • Pocket money

    In Austria the pocket money that au pairs receive is officially viewed as a salary. This money is therefore paid at the end of each month as a salary for 18 hours of wokr per week. The gross salary of an au pair amounts to 446.81 EUR per month.

    lf the aupair stay lasts a complete year, then a special condition applies: The aupair receives three extra months salary as a bonus, and thus a total of 15 months' payment. 

  • Board and lodging

    Board and lodging are always provided free of charge to au pairs by host families. The au pair is entitled to have a room of his or her own that is at least  9 square meters with a window that can be opened. The room should be heatable and lockable.

    Au pairs are entitled to free access to food, just like all other family members. Au pairs should share meals with the family and have free access to the fridge, etc. Au pairs also are entitled to free board and lodging in the event of illness as well as during holidays.

  • Working time

    In Austria, au pairs work up to 18 hours per week.

  • Free time and holiday

    Au pairs are entitled to at least one day off per week. In this context, the family's life and housekeeping requirements and the au pair's needs are to be taken into consideration.

    The au pair's entitlement to vacation and compensation for unused vacation time is based on the Urlaubsgesetz (vacation law). Thus, au pairs get 30 days off for an au pair placement which lasts an entire year. Time off for shorter stays need to be adapted correspondingly.

    In Austria, there are no official regulations with regard to public holidays for au pairs. We recommend that au pairs have a day off on public holidays. Only in exceptional cases au pairs should work on public holidays. The host family should discuss this with their au pair beforehand.

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  • Language course

    Au pairs should have the possibility to attend a language course. Half of these costs will be paid by the family, the other half by the au pair.

  • Au pair insurance

    One of the most important points to take care of is arranging for accident and health insurance for the duration of the au pair stay. In this way both the host family and the au pair can be ready to relax and enjoy the au pair experience.

    The au pair needs to have health insurance for the whole au pair stay. The health insurance must be arranged from a private insurance company and the costs paid by the au pair. A foreign health insurance is only acceptable when the benefits can also be provided in Austria.

    Please note: Au pairs from non-EU states must prove that they have full health insurance when they apply for their visa.

    The accident insurance is paid for by the host family. In accordance with the general Austrian social insurance law (ASVG), the au pair must also be insured through the public social insurance. The host family pays premiums for the accident insurance to the regional health insurance fund.

  • Driving licence

    It should be clarified in advance whether the au pair will need to drive in connection with her or his duties. If driving will be necessary, then it is necessary to see if the au pair's driving licence is avalid in Austria. It may be necessary to apply for an international driving licence.

    It also is necessary to clarify what will happen in the event of an accident causing damages. Who will bear the costs? This should be discussed by the au pair and the host family and the agreed points should be noted in writing.

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