Pocket money, working hours and contract for au pairs in Iceland

Find out the details of how au pairs and families work together in Iceland. How much pocket money does an au pair receive, how are holidays organised, should the family and the au pair have a contract? All the important conditions for an au pair stay in Iceland are presented here.

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  • Au pair contract

    The au pair contract is only available at the Directorate of Immigration Utlendingastofnun (UTL) and the labour office.

    If the au pair contract is terminated, then a form must be filled out and sent to the Directorate of Immigration.

  • Length of stay

    An au pair residence permit can be granted for a period of 12 months maximum. It cannot be renewed.

  • Au pair duties

    The primary responsibility of au pairs is to help with childcare in the family. In addition, they also help with light housekeeping chores. They may also help the children with school homework or with taking care of the family pets, but not as their main responsibilities. An au pair is not a nanny and not a pet caregiver.

    More information on housework:

  • Pocket money

    Au pairs in Iceland receive weekly pocket money of 15,000 IKR.

  • Board and lodging

    Au pairs in Iceland are entitled to their own room that can be locked and has a window. They also are entitled to have all their meals with the family or the children. Board and lodging are thus provided free of charge in return for the au pair's work in the family.

  • Working hours

    Au pairs work a maximum of 30 hours per week or 5 hours per day. 

  • Free time and holiday

    Au pairs are entitled to one free day per week as well as at least one free weekend per month.

    For each 6 months of the au pair stay in Iceland, the au pair is entitled to one week of holiday. This holiday time can be spent as au pairs choose, either on their own or with the family.

    More information:

  • Language course

    The au pair shall be given adequate time to attend a language course. Working hours shall be arranged so as to make this possible. Au pairs pay for the cost of a language course themselves.

  • Au pair insurance

    Au pairs from EEA countries should enquire at the health insurance of their home country whether it is valid in Iceland. Otherwise they will need to take out private health insurance.

    Au pairs from non-EEA countries need to conclude a medical insurance covering at least 2.000.000 IKR. The insurance has to be issued by an insurance company which is authorized to provide services in Iceland.

  • Travel costs

    According to the law in Iceland, the au pair and host family should reach an agreement on the payment of travel costs. The family may pay them in full or in part, but as a minimum the family should cover half of the travel costs. If the contract is terminated beforehand, there are certain rules depending on who terminates it and how it is terminated. 

    We recommend that host families pay the travel costs once the au pair has arrived in Iceland and not in advance.

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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