7 Other Au Pair Costs and Expenses you Should Consider

Your au pair’s weekly salary is a complex subject which requires its own blog posting, but it’s not the only expense you can expect when hiring an au pair (we’ve covered au pair wages already in a post we published earlier this year, you  can read our guide to au pair wages here).

After their basic wage the other expenses tend to be household expenses, and they will increase proportionally with the arrival of another adult in your home.

These expenses and costs include:

  1. Groceries – this will probably be your biggest expense, you’ll need to consider the costs of another adult eating up to three meals a day in your home. This cost may be reduced by employing a live-out au pair, but live-out au pairs do tend to be paid a higher wage than live-in.
  2. Petrol – will you be providing your au pair with access to a car? Consider the extra costs for petrol, especially if the au pair is using the car on her days off.
  3. Car Insurance – find out in advance if your au pair has a full license and the number of years of no-claims they have and get a quote from your insurance agency, organise all paperwork before your au pair arrives, as not doing so can lead to expensive surprises.
  4. Leisure – part of  the au pair experience is the cultural exchange, your au pair should share in your family’s leisure time as well as day-to-day living. How often does your family eat out, go to the cinema, take holidays? While you’re in no way obliged to involve your au pair in any of these activities, spending leisure time with them is always a good way of helping them bond with your family, so bear in mind you would be expected to pay your au pairs costs on these excursions.
  5. Electricity/Gas – your electricity and gas bill will also increase when there’s an extra person living in your house, more-so if your au pair has just come from a hot country and is  running your heating, or takes frequent showers/baths, while this may sound like a trivial expense, it does all add up.
  6. Phone – some host families offer their au pair, as an employment benefit, a mobile phone allowance. You should  consider this if you plan on getting regular updates on your children over the phone or by text.
  7. Medical/Dental – while less frequently offered, some host families do offer their au pairs medical and dental cover while in their employment.

Other costs worth considering include au pair travel costs, internet access (if you still use dial-up) , television (if you intend on adding a  SKY Box to your au pair’s room,) and the cost of their language class.

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7 thoughts on “7 Other Au Pair Costs and Expenses you Should Consider”

  1. Personally, i think costs don’t really matter as long as the au pair is doing what is expected of her. There will certainly be costs regardless of the type of childcare provider you will opt to have, what is important is here is that the you get what you are paying for.

  2. There are some factors we need to consider when hiring an au pair. Some of the factors are discussed in this post. There will definitely be changes but on the plus side, you have someone to rely on in taking care of the kids and attending to some of the household chores at home. It could all be worth it, we just need to make sure that we are hiring the right au pair.

  3. what about waste/bin charge, water charge, toilette paper, washing powder, use of washing machine and how you can feed an adult for 4.60 a day ( a chicken roll is 3.50 with a pack of crisp and a can of coke)and a bed for 3.30 a nights…even in a hostel dorms with 20 people are 17 euros and if you have a student you can earn 170 a week
    what s the point of having an au pair living in your house if you can hire a minder for the some price but living out??

    1. Hi Simona,
      Since that recent court ruling that au pairs should be considered employees you have a valid point – I wouldn’t disagree with it.
      It’s difficult to justify the added expense of having someone live in, when you can have someone living out, doing the same job, for the same price, or possibly cheaper (when all of the live in expenses are considered).

  4. We really wanted to get an Au Pair however with the new ruling it is now cheaper to send our child to a crèche locally, or pay for a child minder.

    1. Hi Lorraine,
      A lot of host families are now choosing live-out au pairs , over live-in, in an effort to cut expenses.

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