Costs, working hours, time off etc.

Detailed information on topics, such as the pocket money, working hours and time off of your au pair can be found here.

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Your au pair's duties will include taking care of the children and light household work. Check with your au pair well in advance what his/her exact duties will be. You should also define these duties in your au pair contract. More information can be found on our page about the au pair contract, insurance and driving licence in Ireland.


Pocket Money

In addition to board and lodging, your au pair will receive weekly payment in accordance with Minimum Wage requirements for employees during the first year of employment. The publication about employing domestic workers in Ireland from the Workplace Relations Commision could be helpful in this matter.

Board and Lodging

According to the idea of au pairing as a cultural exchange, au pairs are entitled to receive free board and lodging, even if au pairs are ill or on holidays. Nevertheless, due to the Irish Minimum Wage requirements, board and lodging costs that are paid in kind to au pairs are offset from the hourly wage they are due.

Currently, the weekly value for board and lodging is set at €54.13.

Working Hours

According to the idea of au pairing as a cultural exchange, au pairs work a maximum of 30 hours per week. You can ask your au pair to do some babysitting up to 3 evenings per week, which should be included in their working hours.

Holidays/Free time

Again according to the idea of au pairing as a cultural exchange, the au pair is entitled to two days off per week and to one week of paid holidays per six months.

In Ireland, 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.

Language Course

An au pair should have the possibility to attend a language course. The costs for the language course should be paid by the au pair herself/himself.

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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