The minimum legal wage for an au pair, and all other workers, is to rise by 25c, from €9.55 per hour, to €9.80 per hour from January 2019.
This increase was recommended by the Low Pay Commission, and accepted by the Cabinet yesterday.
This minimum wage increase will apply to all childcare workers, including live-in and live-out au pairs employed in Ireland, following the court ruling in 2016 which recognised au pairs as employees.
However host families who host live-in au pairs will still be entitled to deduct the standard €54.13 per week (or €7.73 per day) Food & Board allowance. Our au pair salary calculator will be updated once this new wage comes into effect.