In this posting we’ll take a quick look at au pair expenses the host family would normally not need to cover. We’ve already written blog postings covering topics such as au pairs’ wages and other au pair costs and expenses you should consider.
- Fuel for personal car use – when your au pair is using a car for job-related tasks, such as running errands, or collecting your kids, you should cover petrol expenses. However,if your au pair is using the car for personal reasons, or for leisure, you would not be expected to pay any related expenses.
- Personal items – such as toiletries would not normally covered by the host family.
- Non work-related phone costs – while you should cover all telephone expenses related to your au pair’s job, you would not be expected to cover the costs incurred when they make personal calls, unless previously agreed.
- Unreasonable grocery/food requests – Being from a different culture/country some au pairs may have unusual food requests. Unless you were aware of your au pair’s special dietry requirements when hiring them, you wouldn’t be expected to cover these expenses. Always check with the job candidate before hiring, and agree who pays in advance.
- Any expenses incurred outside the au pair’s line of duties – Expenses incurred outside their normal line of duties, such as clothing or dentist visits, would not be covered, unless previously agreed.
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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:
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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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Here’s an interesting article from RTE.ie about the Migrants Rights Centre calling for statutory guidelines for the au pair industry. It contains some startling figures, research they did showed 36% of Au Pairs reported being exploited, 42% had no written contract and 30% reported not getting any holidays.
You can read the MRCI report here http://www.mrci.ie/wp-content/uploads/2012/10/PartofTheFamily.pdf
If you’re considering hiring an au pair an au pair one of the first things you’ll want to know is, what is a typical au pair salary and what are au pair costs, it’s also the question we get asked most frequently.
Host families run the risk of legal proceedings against them if they fail to pay their au pair the correct national rates, listed below.
This information is correct as of 4th March 2019.
Au Pair minimum hourly rate of pay 2019
|Au Pair Age
||Minimum hourly rate of pay, €
|Aged 20 and over
|Aged under 18
The cost, per hour, for live in and live out au pairs is the same, however you may make the deductions, listed below, to a live in au pair’s wages to cover food and board.
- you may deduct €0.87 per hour worked, for board
- You may deduct €23.15 per week, or a daily rate of €3.32
One interesting trend emerging from the traditional model of the au pair job, and childcare, is the popularity of the live-out au pair option. The live-out au pair, as the name suggests, does not live with the host family, rather comes and goes on a daily basis in the same way a normal employee would.
As a result of the influx of young EU workers to Ireland over the past decade a large pool suitable candidates has formed in the country, making this a popular option, that provides a lot of choices, for families. At the time of writing this posting, of the almost 4,000 job-seekers registered on AuPairIreland.ie, who are located in Ireland, well over half of them express a willingness, or a preference, to find a live-out au pair job.
The live-out option is most suited to families who don’t have the spare accommodation needed to host another person in their household, or to families who wish to employ an au pair, but are worried about the implications a relative stranger could have on the privacy of their home.
In our experience it is families living in urban areas, especially those in cities popular with young people and immigrants, will get the most applicants for their advertised live-out positions.
Typical work for a live-out au pair would be the same as for an live-in au pair, arriving in the morning the au pair brings the children to creche or school, collecting them after school, making light meals and maybe some light housework.
This functionality is standard on the vast majority of websites now, so we’re not going to get too excited about it, however we’re posting this to let you know it’s there.
We’ve just added ‘Remember Me’ functionality to the login panels for both job seekers and employers. Ticking the box keeps you logged in for 30 days, even when you close your browser or turn off your computer. You can end the logged in session by clicking ‘Log Out’ in your side navigation.
This functionality is ideal for users repeatedly accessing the site from home or from their mobile device, however we don’t recommend users logging in from public devices use it.
One of the first things to do when you hire an au pair or nanny is to clarify your and the au pair’s expectations – write them down as an au pair agreement. This will reduce the likelihood of confusion, at a later date, over either party’s responsibilities.
Some tips for writing an Au Pair agreement.
Drawing up a good document will include the following:
- Hours – the au pair’s working hours, including details of compensation for overtime and sunday work.
- Duties and responsibilities – this should be as detailed as possible, listing the au pair’s duties and responsibilities in an almost diary-like format
- Pocket Money – The au pair’s weekly/monthly pocket money and the rate at which the au pair will be paid for working extra hours
- Start date and end date of employment
- Discipline – how you expect the au pair to act while in your employment and what falls outside the boundaries of acceptable behaviour
- Disciplinary procedures – what disciplinary process the au pair can expect
- Summary dismissial reasons – the grounds on which the au pair can expect instant dismissal
- Accommodation – detailing the au pair’s accommodation and the condition you expect it to be kept in
- School – if the au pair is to attend language school while in your employment detail it here
Below is a sample of a letter of offer.
Download example Au Pair Contract: http://www.aupairireland.ie/blog/wp-content/uploads/2012/09/sample-au-pair-contract.pdf