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

How much pocket money does an au pair receive in Germany? What are the working hours? Do au pairs in Germany need to have a contract? Do they need to be insured? All the important information on the conditions for an au pair stay in Germany is presented here.

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  • Au pair contract

    To provide security for both the au pair and the host family an au pair contract regulating the details of the au pair stay should be made.

    Tip: The au pair and host family should talk about their mutual expectations in advance and include everything which is important to them in the contract.This is the best way to avoid future disappointments. 

    Important note for au pairs from non-EU countries
    Au pairs who need a visa to enter Germany are entitled to work in the country for a maximum of 12 months. The au pair contract must be signed for a minimum of 6 months, otherwise it will not be acknowledged by the German Employment Office (Agentur für Arbeit). Anyone who has worked previously as an au pair in Germany, cannot become an au pair here again, regardless of the duration of the previous au pair placement.

    Contract termination
    According to the German Employment Office, the au pair contract shall end at the date agreed upon. Should the contract be terminated prior to this date by either party, a notice period of 2 weeks should be observed. Any termination must be made in writing. 

  • Duties

    An au pair's main responsibility is to help with childcare in the host family. Light housework tasks are also typically included in the au pair's duties as part of this. Our tip: The au pair and host family should discuss and specify the au pair's duties in detail before the au pair stay begins.

  • Pocket money

    In Germany, an au pair receives monthly pocket money of 260 euros. In this context, the number of working hours is irrelevant. Au pairs receive their pocket money during holidays and in case of illness.

  • Board and lodging

    The host family shall provide free board and lodging to the au pair. The au pair is to be accommodated in an individual room in the family's home. This room must have a window and a minimum size of 9 square metres. It should also be lockable and heatable.

    The au pair participates in the daily life of the host family and shares meals with the family. The au pair is also entitled to free board and lodging in case of illness and during holiday periods.

  • Working hours

    The au pair's working time should be arranged according to the family's habits and needs. Including babysitting, au pairs in Germany should not work more than 6 hours per day and 30 hours per week.

  • Holidays and free time

    The au pair is entitled to at least one day off per week. Once a month, this day should be a Sunday. Your host family should make sure that you have at least 4 evenings free per week.

    According to the German Federal Employment Office (Bundesagentur für Arbeit), an au pair is entitled to a paid annual holiday of 4 weeks, provided that the au pair stays with their host family for a whole year. Families which go on a holiday often take their au pair with them. During this time, the au pair typically continues to perform her or his regular duties by looking after the children.

    When the au pair accompanies the host family on their holiday this does not count as the au pair's own holiday, unless fewer duties are required and the au pair is not obliged to be available at all times. In this case, the family holiday is considered the au pair holiday as well. If the au pair does not accompany the host family on their holiday, the au pair may not work for another family during this time.

    In Germany, it is regulated that au pairs shall have time off on public holidays. Au pairs should only work on public holidays in exceptional cases. The host family should discuss such arrangements with their au pair in advance.

    More information on the topic:

  • Language course

    The host family should provide their au pair with the opportunity to attend a German language course during the au pair's spare time as well as the chance to attend other cultural activities. Au pairs shall pay the the costs of their language course themselves. The host family, however, is obliged to make a monthly contribution of 50 euros to the au pair's language course costs, in addition to the regular pocket money that the au pair receives.

  • Health insurance

    Au pairs in Germany must have insurance coverage for the following cases: illness, pregnancy, childbirth and accident. According to the Federal Employment Office (Bundesagentur für Arbeit), the host family is responsible for arranging these insurances and for bearing the costs.

    Further information regarding au pair and travel insurance is available from our insurance partner Dr. Walter. 

    Information for au pairs from EU countries 

    Au pairs should clarify with their health insurance company to what extent and for how long their insurance is valid in Germany. Is coverage provided in case of illness, pregnancy, childbirth and accident? If the insurance is only partially valid in Germany or does not provide any coverage while the au pair is abroad, then the host family should take out an insurance policy to cover the au pair. Au pairs and host families should discuss this topic before the au pair stay begins. It is often advisable also for EU au pairs to arrange additional insurance coverage for the au pair stay.

    Information for au pairs from non-EU countries 

    In signing the letter of invitation for an au pair and the accompanying contract, the host family commits to providing insurance for the au pair and covering the costs for this insurance.

  • Travel costs

    Normally, the au pair covers the costs of travel to Germany and returning home.

  • Driving and the driving licence for au pairs

    When the au pair will be expected to drive in connection with the au pair duties, the au pair should check if her (or his) driving licence is valid in Germany. It may be necessary to apply for an international driving licence. More information on this topics is available from the ADAC (German Automobile Club) or the Federal Transport Ministry.

    Au pairs and host families should also clarify driving related questions such as these in advance: How willa possible accident be handled? Who will be responsible for the costs? How will car insurance be arranged? These arrangements should best be put into a written document.

Information for host families:

What costs should we expect when hosting an au pair?

Accommodating an au pair results in higher household expenses owing to the fact that an additional adult will be living with you throughout the placement period.

Au pairing costs
 
Pocket money 260 EUR per month
Household expenses Approx. 50 EUR more per week (depending on the general household costs of the family)
Insurance Approx. 10 - 45 EUR per month
Language course 50 EUR per month im Monat

Total:

  • Costs per week: Approx. 140 EUR
  • Costs per month:: Approx. 550 EUR


Tips for au pairs:

Discounts in your city

Not every German city offers a so-called "Stadtpass", but it's certainly worth checking to see if such a city discount pass for persons with a lower income is available in your host city. So check it out with the municipal administration in your city and see if they also provide some sort of "Stadtpass" that you would be eligible for as an au pair and language school student. You could certainly ask your host family for assistance in investigating this possibility.

Safety and security: How to be on the safe side
  • Have you already spoken to your future host family on the phone or via Skype? Read the most important questions to ask your host family to get to know them better before you make the decision to be their au pair.
  • Would you like some tips on how to search safely on AuPairWorld? Maybe you already have a family but have questions about how to prepare for your stay? Read our tips on safety and security.
  • Having a basic knowledge of the national language of your host country before starting on your job as an au pair is very advantageous. Thus, you will be able to express your needs and wishes. Imagine that you fall ill or wish to warn the kids of an imminent danger. In such a case, you will certainly appreciate having a basic knowledge of the language spoken in your host country.

Information from the German Federal Employment Office

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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