Au Pair in Denmark: salary, working hours, holidays, etc.
Host Families and Au Pairs have to stick to certain regulations during the Au Pair stay:
According to the Au Pair program regulations in Denmark - and according to the Au Pair definition in general - the participant should accept a role as a family member during the stay. If the Au Pair program is what you are looking for, have a look at the program regulations in Denmark
The Au Pair will receive a monthly salary of 4050 - 4150 DKK. The money must be paid into the Au Pair’s Danish bank account until the end of every month.
The pocket money may exceed this amount, but please notice that the Au Pair is not allowed to work in Denmark! The Au Pair program is not considered as work and they don’t have to apply for a work permit to join the program. If the participant is not a citizen of any EU / EEA country, they are in charge of obtaining a residence permit to Denmark.
The Au Pair in Denmark will have one and a half days off every week. What does ‘a half day off’ mean? It means that the participant needs to complete the tasks during 3 - 5 hours either before, or after 2 p.m. One other day has to be totally free. All the official Danish national holidays are free as well. The time off needs to match the language course and any religious event the Au Pair wishes to join.
The participant will have 3 weeks of holidays. The Au Pair needs to have a written agreement with the Host Family describing the details of the holiday break. The exact time of the holidays depends on the participant’s schedule. It needs to be calculated according to the number of days the Au Pair is occupied with working.
If the Au Pair works 6 days per week, she/he gets two and a half days off per month. The free days will vary depending on the exact schedule. Detailed information regarding this matter is available on the official website of Danish authorities.
The participant needs to have enough spare time to attend a language course. The official legislation does not specify any additional requirements regarding this matter. The language course is not obligatory for the participant; nonetheless, the Host Family will need to pay the fee to support the course regardless of the Au Pair’s decision.
If the participant lives in a country not belonging to the EU / EEA or Switzerland, the Host Family will have to pay for her/his ticket to Denmark. The return ticket must be covered by the Host Family as well, but in this case several conditions must be fulfilled:
The Au Pair returns to a country outside the EU / EEA / Switzerland
If the participant stays with a new Host Family in Denmark, the new family is in charge of funding the return ticket.
In case the participant’s residence permit expires, she/he needs to notify the Host Family a month in advance so the family can take care of the return ticket. If the Au Pair doesn’t do that, she/he is responsible to get the return ticket.
If the applicant’s stay ends for any other reason, she/he must notify the family in writing no later than one week after the termination that she/he wants to go back home. The participant needs to leave the country up to 3 weeks after the notification.