As an au pair, you are primarily responsible for looking after the children. Besides childcare, helping with household chores is part of your duties.
Please clarify with your host family what your exact duties as an au pair will be. It is also recommended that these duties be well defined in the au pair contract (please also have a look at our page: Don't forget: the au pair contract, insurance etc.).
The pocket money for au pairs in Austria is officially considered to be a salary. Therefore, it is paid at the end of each month as a wage for 18 working hours per week. You receive a monthly gross wage of up to 438.05 EUR.
Furthermore, you are entitled to receive a 15-month pocket money, in other words, three monthly salaries in addition, provided that the placement lasts a whole year.
An au pair needs to support their host family with light housework and childcare for up to 18 hours a week.
As an au pair, you 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. 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.
As an au pair, you should have the possibility to attend a language course. Half of these costs will be paid by the family, the other half by you.
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