As an au pair in Norway, you will mainly be looking after your host family's children and helping with light housework. You may be asked to help the children look after their pets. As an au pair, however, you should neither do the work of a nanny nor look after pets solely.
You and your host family should include your duties as an au pair, as well as your mutual expectations, in your au pair contract. You will find more information on this topic on our page Don't forget: the au pair contract, insurance etc.
Your host family will pay you a minimum of 5,400 Norwegian Krones (NOK) pre-tax per month. The pocket money will be increased every year. The au pair must always receive the sum stated on the UDI page. This is the case for all au pairs who have a contract which contains this line in section 8: “Au pairen skal minimum få utbetalt den til enhver tid gjeldende minimumssatsen”. The pocket money must also be paid during your holidays or if you fall ill.
In addition to your pocket money, you will receive free board and lodging. Naturally, this also applies in the case of illness.
You must be able to afford your trip to Norway. Normally, your host family bears the costs for your return trip. However, this does not apply if you continue your stay in Norway with a different residence permit or travel to a country other than your own after your au pair stay with the host family has ended.
In Norway, you may work up to 30 hours per week as an au pair. However, you may not work more than 5 hours per day. The number of working hours may not be increased, even if more pocket money is paid.
As an au pair, you have at least one day off per week. At least once every month, this day should be a Sunday. Moreover, you are entitled to at least one afternoon off per week if you work as an au pair in Norway. Your host family should allow enough time for you to participate in a language course and follow your leisure activities.
According to Norwegian law (ferienloven), you are entitled to a holiday of 25 days per calendar year. You can make use of these 25 days, even if you have not spent the entire year with your host family. However, in order to benefit from this regulation, you must have started working as an au pair prior to the 30th of September.
If you start working as an au pair from the 1st of October, you are entitled to only six working days off for the corresponding calendar year. The same applies should you change your host family. Please make sure you can prove that you have not taken your holiday prior to this date.
During your holidays, you continue to receive your pocket money as usual.
In Norway, 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.
Your host family should give you the opportunity to attend a Norwegian course. It is regulated by law that the host family pays a minimum of 8,100 NOK for your course, including for required educational material and transport.
You need to pay taxes if you wish to work as an au pair in Norway. The amount you need to pay is calculated according to the value of your pocket money and the non-cash benefits, i.e. costs for board and lodging, borne by your host family. You will find more information on this topic on the official page of the Norwegian Tax Administration. You should also register with them as soon as you have arrived in Norway.
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