Taking on an au pair increases your living costs, as another adult is living with your family while the au pair is there.
In exchange for their help with your children and light housework, au pairs are entitled to free board and lodging (a separate room for the au pair) for the entire duration of their stay, including any periods of illness.
Au pairs in Finland receive monthly pocket money of at least 280 Euros net. Because the pocket money paid to the au pair is viewed in Finland as income, the au pair is obligated to pay taxes. In determining the income, the value of the cost-free board andlodging is also calculated. This must be kept in mind when setting the gross amount for pocket money. For further information, see our page Aupair contract, insurance driving licence, etc.
Au pairs in Finland, aged 18 and over, also have to take out pension insurance, which amounts to 24.2% of the au pair's gross salary. Both the au pair and host family contribute towards this: the au pair pays 5.55% of this 24.2% and host families pay the remaining 18.65%.
An au pair in Finland is expected to work 30 hours a week and a maximum of 5 hours per day – including any evening babysitting duties.
Au pairs are entitled to one full day off per week as part of their duties as an au pair. Once a month this day off must be on a Sunday. Au pairs should have sufficient time to attend a language course and be given the possibility to develop their cultural knowledge and professional capabilities.
Finland has no specific regulations concerning the amount of holiday an au pair is entitled to. We therefore recommend that you and your au pair come to an agreement on this well in advance. Au pairs are usually entitled to a two-week holiday if they stay with their host families for six months in total. This can be used as a guide in calculating your au pair's holiday time.
In Finland, 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.
Au pairs must attend a Finnish or Swedish language course during their stay. Sufficient time for such a course should be included in the au pair's schedule and help should be provided in finding a suitable course.
Useful links for language courses:
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