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Au Pair in Germany: salary, working hours and holidays

Au Pair Germany salary
Au Pairs in Germany will not only improve their language skills but also discover a multicultural society and interesting traditions through their Host Family. During this time, they will also have some responsibilities, mostly related to the host kids.

Au Pair responsibilities in Germany

Au Pairs in Germany are in charge of taking care of the host kids and helping with some light housework. Some examples of the Au Pair responsibilities are: picking up the kids from school, playing with them and cleaning up the kitchen table after a meal. Do not forget that all these tasks should be explained in the Au Pair contract.

Host Family duties

Host Families in Germany should act as a bridge to German culture and lifestyle. They also have to provide a private room for their Au Pair, monthly payment, meals during the stay, respect the working schedule and cover the health insurance costs.
 
Host Families need to treat Au Pairs as family members. Therefore, the family will invite him/her to family reunions, birthdays and holidays like Easter or Christmas.  
 
Do not forget: The family also has to register their Au Pair at the foreign office and offer their support during the bureaucratic process which can be especially complicated in Germany. Read more about the Host Family responsibilities
 
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Working hours

Au Pairs in Germany work 30 hours per week (including babysitting) with a maximum of 6 hours daily. According to the Bundesagentur für Arbeit (German Employment Agency) Au Pairs should have at least 4 evenings and one complete day free. 
 
Please consider that Au Pairs from Non-European Union (EU) member states are not allowed to work in another field.

Pocket money

Germany’s official Au Pair program establishes 260 Euros as monthly salary. Host Families must also pay 50 Euros for the Au Pair’s language course. In some cases, this will cover the complete cost but in some other the Au Pair will have to pay the rest.
 

Time off and holidays

In Germany, Au Pairs will have at least one free day per week and 4 free evenings. At least one Sunday per month must also be free. German regulations establish that Au Pairs in a one year stay will have four weeks of holidays.  If the stay is shorter, they will have two days in a working month. 

 

Accommodation

Au Pairs in Germany have a private room in the family home and meals during the stay. That includes holidays, illness and free days. Keep in mind that if the Au Pair or the family are vegetarian/vegan and the other isn’t both will have to reach an agreement before signing the Au Pair contract.
 

Language course

Au Pairs in Germany have the chance to attend a language course to improve their German skills. Host Families pay 50 Euros of the course fee. Sometimes 50 Euros are enough to cover the costs but in other cases the Au Pair must pay the rest of the fee.
 

What else?

  • The Au Pair should register at the foreign office (Ausländerbehörde) as soon as possible once in Germany
  • The Family must contact the responsible foreign office in case of any doubts regarding local regulations



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