The au pair's main duty is to look after your children. Besides childcare, your au pair is also expected to help you with light housework. It is also possible to ask your au pair to help look after your children's pets. However, according to our basic idea of au pairing, an au pair is neither a nanny nor a pet sitter and should therefore not exclusively care for pets.
You should include the tasks of your future au pair, as well as your mutual expectations, in your au pair contract. You will find more information on this topic on our page The au pair contract, insurance, driving licence etc.
As a host family, you will be paying your au pair 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 the holiday or should your au pair fall ill.
In addition to the pocket money, your au pair is entitled to free board and lodging at your home. Naturally, this also applies in the case of illness.
Au pairs must pay their own travel expenses. Usually, you, as a host family, pay for the return trip. However, this does not apply if your au pair continues to stay in Norway with another residence permit after their stay with you has ended or if they travel to a country other than their home country.
According to the official au pair programme, au pairs in Norway may work for up to 30 hours per week and for no more than 5 hours per day. The number of working hours may not be increased, even if more pocket money is paid.
In Norway, au pairs get at least one day off per week. At least once a month, this day should be a Sunday. Moreover, your au pair is entitled to at least one free afternoon per week. Alongside this, you should allow enough time for your au pair to participate in a language course and follow their leisure activities.
According to Norwegian law (ferienloven), an au pair is entitled to a holiday of 25 days per calendar year. The au pair may make use of these 25 days even if they do not spend the entire year with the host family. However, this only applies if the au pair started working with the family prior to the 30th of September.
If the au pair starts working on the 1st of October or later, they are entitled to only six days off for the corresponding calendar year. The same applies if the au pair changes host families. Au pairs need to be able to prove that they have not already used their days of a holiday.
During the holiday, your au pair continues to receive pocket money.
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.
You should offer your au pair the opportunity to attend a language course. It is regulated by law that you pay a minimum of 8,100 NOK for the course, required educational material and transport.
In Norway, au pairs need to pay taxes. The due amount is calculated according to the pocket money and non-cash benefits, i.e. the costs for board and lodging host families bear. You will find more information on the amount of the tax rate at the Norwegian Tax Administration where your au pair should register upon arrival.
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