Please note: In Ireland there is no formal recognition of au pairing as a distinct form of cultural exchange, unlike in most other European countries. In the absence of such recognition, the only relevant official regulations governing the status of young persons in Ireland who have joined Irish families as au pairs are administered by the Workplace Relations Commission. The Workplace Relations Commission views au pairs as workers and the families that host them as employers. On this basis, the WRC maintains that the Minimum Wage regulations detailed here should be applied to au pairs.
Despite these requirements, we at AuPairWorld continue to view au pairing as a form of cultural exchange that works through integration of a young person into family life. The information provided on these pages and throughout our website is based on this idea.
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