Pocket money, working hours, contract for au pairs in Denmark

What are the working hours for au pairs in Denmark? How much money do au pairs receive? Should au pairs and host families have a contract to regulate the au pair stay? These and other questions are answered here.

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  • Au pair contract

    The au pair and host family must sign an au pair contract. In Denmark, this contract is attached to the Application for a resident permit for au pairs. The au pair contract can be made for a maximum period of 12 months. The contract is necessary to apply for a residence permit.

  • Length of stay

    Au pairs in Denmark receive a residence permit for one year. This permit, however, cannot be made for longer than the time of stay that is specified in the au pair contract. As an exception, the resident permit can be extended to a maximumof 24 months.

  • Au pair duties

    The main duties of an au pair involve providing help with childcare. In addition, au pairs help with light household chores. The best approach is for the au pair and host family to discuss in detail which duties the au pair will be reponsible for during the au pair stay. 

  • Pocket money

    The pocket money for au pairs is 4,150 DKK per month (gross). The au pair continues to receive this pocket money in case of illness and also during holidays.

  • Taxes

    Au pairs must pay tax on the pocket money that they receive. A tax card for this purpose should be obtained from the local tax authorities.

  • Room and board

    The au pair receives free room and board. Au pairs take part in the common meals of the host family and are given an appropriate room of their own in the home of the host family.

  • Working hours

    Au pairs in Denmark work between 18 and 30 hours per week and a maximum of 3 to 5 hours per day.

  • Free time and holidays

    Au pair should have  one-and-a-half days off every week. In addition, they have a right to a day off on official Danish public holidays. Also, the au pair must be given the opportunity to participate in religious worship. 

    Au pairs in Denmark are entitled to 2.5 paid days off per month if they work 6 days a week or 2,08 paid days off per month if they work just 5 days a week. When an au pair stay ends, the host family must pay for any holiday days earned but not used.

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  • Language course

    The au pair should be given enough spare time to attend a language course. Host families are required to pay a one-off payment of DKK 5,275 to cover parts of the state's expenses of offering Danish lessons.

  • Health insurance

    Should an au pair fall ill during their stay, it is the responsibility of the host family to provide free food, lodging and sufficient care until necessary further arrangements have been made. It is furthermore the responsibility of the host family to sign the au pair up for health insurance. They can do this at the local Citizen's Service Centre (Borgerservice). The au pair will get a so-called CPR number and 'health card' there.

  • Travel costs

    The host family has to cover return flight tickets for au pairs from outside the EU. There are some rules about this point that need to be observed.

We are continually researching and updating our host country information, but cannot guarantee that all material provided is complete and correct. If you notice gaps or inaccuracies, we would like to hear from you.
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