Pocket money, working hours, time off, etc.

Whether you have questions concerning pocket money, working hours, time off or holidays, this page will provide you with the necessary information.

In Italy, there is no official au pair programme. However, EU and EFTA citizens as well as citizens from other countries are still entitled to work as au pairs in Italy.


As an au pair you will primarily take care of your host family's children. Additionally, you will be put in charge of minor household duties. You should clarify with your host family beforehand what your exact tasks will look like. You should include all points you agree upon in your au pair contract.

Pocket money

There are no official regulations when it comes to the amount of pocket money au pairs receive in Italy. Based on our experience, we recommend that host families pay their au pairs 250-300 euros per month.

Note: The pocket money paid by your host family, which is normally between 250 and 300 euros per month, must not be confused with a salary.

Board & lodging

Apart from your pocket money, you will be granted free board and lodging by the family. You are also entitled to free board and lodging in the case of illness.

Travel expenses

Au pairs who wish to work in Italy generally bear the cost of their round trip by themselves.

Working hours

In Italy, au pairs and host families may flexibly agree upon the au pairs' working hours per week. However, au pairs may not work more than 30 hours throughout 6 days per week at most (babysitting in the evening included). Per day they may not work more than 5 hours.

Free time

In Italy, au pairs get one day off per week. At least once every month this day should fall on a Sunday.


In Italy, there are no consistent rules concerning the holiday for an au pair. Therefore, you should come to an agreement with your host family in advance. In general, an au pair is entitled to a paid holiday of 2 weeks if employed for six months.

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

You should have enough spare time and the opportunity to participate in a language course. You will bear the costs for the language course yourself. Your host family should help you find a course that suits you. 

If you are a citizen of a non-EU country and are wanting to apply for a student visa, you should make sure to check that the establishment offering the course is on the list of approved schools which are recognised when applying for a student visa. In addition, the language course should be a minimun 20 hours per week.

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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