The au pair's main duty is to look after your children. Besides childcare, the au pair is also expected to help you with light household work.
Check with your au pair well in advance what his/her exact duties will be. It is also recommended that these duties be defined in the au pair contract. Find more information on our page The au pair contract, insurance, driving licence etc.
Hosting an au pair consequently leads to higher living costs. An au pair is an additional adult living with you at home.
An au pair is entitled to free board and lodging at your home during the complete stay. The au pair is an additional family member living at your home. Thus you need to calculate additional expenditure for daily needs.The same also applies in case of illness and during the au pair holidays.
The pocket money of au pairs in Austria is officially considered to be a salary. Therefore, it is paid at the end of each month as a salary for 18 working hours per week. Au pairs in Austria receive a monthly gross wage of up to 446.81 EUR.
Please note that this is the maximum au pair income limit in Austria. By rounding this amount up, the so-called Geringfügigkeitsgrenze, the subsistence pay limit, will be exceeded and the AMS will not issue the Anzeigebestätigung (confirmation of notification). Contributions to the Austrian social insurance (according to the General Social Insurance Act; ASVG) shall be deducted from this amount.
The au pair is entitled to paid holidays and continued payment in case of illness.
Au pairs who stay a whole year with the host family are entitled to a 15-month pocket money (holiday: two-month allowances; Christmas: one-month allowance).
An au pair normally works 18 hours per week.
An au pair receives at least one day off per week. Therefore, both your daily life and housekeeping obligations and the au pair's needs are to be taken into consideration.
Your au pair is entitled to 30 days vacation per year, which equals 5 weeks. Compensation for unused vacation time is based on the Urlaubsgesetz (vacation law).
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.
In Austria, an au pair should have the opportunity to attend a language course. The host family bears half of the cost of the language course.
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