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

How many hours does an au pair in Norway need to work? When do au pairs have time off? How much pocket money should host families pay their au pairs? All of the basic conditions for an au pair stay in Norway are presented here.

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  • Au pair contract

    For the security of both au pair and host family, a contract should always be made regulating the au pair stay. In Norway there is a detailed standard contract for au pairs for this purpose. If the au pair comes from a non-EU sate, the contract is necessary to apply for a work and residence permit. For au pairs from the EU, the contract is necessary for registering with the local police in Norway.

    Contract cancellation

    The au pair contract has a cancellation period of at least four weeks. This applies to both au pair and host family and takes effect as soon as either party has been informed. Any cancellation needs to be done in writing. Host families may not cancel the contract without giving good reason. The au pair may ask the family to provide the reasons for the cancellation in writing. Au pairs may cancel the contract without giving reasons. In case of a severe breach of contract, both au pairs and host families may cancel the contract with immediate effect.

    If the contract is cancelled before the au pair's residence permit expires, the Norwegian Directorate of Immigration (UDI) or local police department need to be informed. The cancellation of the contract does not necessarily mean that the au pair must leave Norway immediately.

  • Au pair duties

    Au pairs in Norway are mainly responsible for helping with childcare. In addition, some light housework may be done as well as helping children with their homework or helping the family with pet care. An au pair, however, should not be doing the work of a nanny or be solely responsible for looking after pets.

    It is best for the au pair and host family to clarify what the specific au pair duties will be in advance and to include this information in the au pair contract

  • Pocket money

    Norwegian host families pay their au pairs monthly pocket money of at least 5,400 Norwegian crowns (NOK). This amount is adjusted on an annual basis. Au pairs shall always receive the pocket money that is specified on the official page of the UDI. This is the case for all au pairs who have a contract which contains this line in section 8: “Au pairen skal minimum få utbetalt den til enhver tid gjeldende minimumssatsen”. The pocket money must also be paid during holidays or any periods of illness.

  • Taxes

    Au pairs in Norway are required to pay taxes on their earnings. The amount that must be paid is calculated according to the value of the pocket money received plus  the non-cash benefits, i.e. costs for board and lodging, provided by the host family. More information on this topic is available on the official page of the Norwegian Tax Administration. Au pairs should also register with the Norwegian Tax Administration as soon as they have arrived in Norway.

  • Board and lodging

    In addition to the pocket money paid to au pairs, all au pairs also receive free board and lodging with their host families. Naturally, this also applies in the case of illness.

  • Working time

    In Norway, au pairs work up to 30 hours per week. The maximum workng time per day is 5 hours. The number of working hours may not be increased, even if more pocket money is paid.

  • Free time and holiday

    Au pairs must have at least one day off per week. At least once per month this day should fall on a Sunday. In addition, au pairs in Norway must have at least one free afternoon per week. The host family should also make arrangements so that the au pair has sufficient time for a language course and leisure activities.

    According to Norwegian law (ferienloven), au pairs are entitled to 25 days of holiday per calendar year. Au pairs can make use of these 25 days, even if they have not spent the entire year with their host family. However, in order to benefit from this regulation, the au pair must have started working prior to the 30th of September.

    For au pairs who begin work from 1 October, there are only six day of holiday for the corresponding calendar year. The same applies should an au pair change the host family. Au pairs should be able to prove that they have not taken their holiday prior to this date.

    During the holiday, the au pair continues to receive pocket money.

    In Norway, 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 should au pairs have to work on public holidays. The host family should discuss this with their au pair beforehand.

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  • Language course

    The host family should provide the au pair the opportunity to attend a Norwegian course. It is regulated by law that the host family will pays a minimum of 8,100 NOK for such a language course, including for required educational material and transport.

  • Au pair insurance

    In Norway it is compulsory for host families to take out an additional au pair insurance. This insurance is valid for the entire au pair stay and covers the cost for the return trip, for instance, if the au pair falls ill. The host family bears the total cost of this insurance. If the host family has not arranged au pair insurance, this is viewed as a violation of the basic conditions of an au pair stay in Norway. If the au pair must return to her/his home country due to medical reasons and no insurance policy is in place, then the family will be responsible for these costs.

  • Travel costs

    Au pairs are responsible for the costs of travelling to Norway for the au pair stay. Typically the host family will pay for the return trip. This, however, is not the case if the au pair remains in the country with another residence permit or if the au pair travels to another country other than the home country.

  • Driving licence

    If the au pair will need to drive as part of her/his au pair duties, it should be clarified that she not only has a driving licence but also sufficient driving experience to ensure safe transport of the children. It should also be clarified how the au pair is insured and who will bear the costs in the event of an automobile accident.

    For au pair stays up to 3 months, au pairs can drive with the driving licence from their home country. For au pair stays longer than 3 months, it is necessary to apply for a Norwegian driving licence at the Norwegian State Highway Authority

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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