Duration of the stay: 1-24 months
Pocket money: 750 CHF
Working time: 30 hours
Holiday: 5 weeks/12 months
Insurance: paid by family
Language course: paid family
Do you comply with the following conditions?
- Does at least one school-age or a younger child live in your household?
- Do you own the Swiss citizenship, a settlement permit C or a residence permit B EU/EFTA?
- Should your au pair take care of your children and take over some simple housework?
- Do you have a very good knowledge of the language spoken in the region?
- Do you have another nationality and do you speak other language than the au pair?
- Is at least one of parents chiefly active in the household and can the au pair take care of at least one half of her/his time?
- Are you ready to give your au pair time enough to attend a language course and to take over the costs?
An au pair´s stay in Switzerland usually lasts up to 12 months. Au pairs from the EU-/EFTA countries can in justified cases prolong their stay till 24 months as a maximum. Au pairs from the third countries do not have such possibility.
The main duty of your au pair is taking care of your children. Besides she/he helps with the daily housework. For that she/he gets the free board and lodging. The future duties should be discussed between you and your au pair to be. The concrete activities must be then stipulated in a contract. Please, be aware of the fact that your au pair must be assisted by one of the parents for at least one half of her/his working time. Her/his duties include simple housework only and the childcare. Demanding activities such as education of children or foreign language and school catch-up lessons are not allowed.
Hiring an au pair automatically makes living costs higher. An au pair represents another adult person living in your household.
Your au pair receives a free board and lodging during her/his complete stay. She/he gets also an own room at her/his disposal.
In Switzerland au pairs receive a salary which is composed of the pocket money and the in-kind salary. The in-kind salary is granted in a form of board and lodging. That corresponds to a lump sum of 990 CHF. The pocket money differs as per cantons and age. It must correspond with the regulations stipulated by the canton and respective unions and as a rule amounts to 500 – 750 CHF net per a month. During incapacity to work your au pair is entitled to the salary reimbursement. The salary is to be paid during holiday and feast days too.
Au pairs working in Switzerland must attend a language course of the local language spoken in the place of their stay. The costs of the course will be covered fully by you as the host family. In the case of the one-year stay the language course must cover at least 120 hours (about 3-4 hours a week). Private courses shall be allowed just as an exemption.
In some cantons the au pair´s travel costs must be covered by the host family. Please get informed about that at the respective canton labour office.
You as an employer bear all the costs of the social fees (AHV, IV, EO, ALV) as well as contributions to health, accident (UGV) and pension insurance (BVG). The industrial injury insurance (Betriebsunfallversicherung - BU) will be paid exclusively by you. The tax deducted at source (die Quellensteuer) will be deducted from the gross salary. It amounts to about 5 CHF a month and it is always due at the end of the calendar year. In addition to that you must submit a settlement form to the canton tax office.
Your au pair will be employed for half a day only and must not work more than 30 hours a week. As a rule it concerns the days from Monday to Saturday. The working time must be fixed in such a way that your au pair can attend the language course.
Your au pair has the right for at least one whole day in a week off. There can be some special regulations as far as the individual cantons concerned.
Number of the days of holiday of your au pair is regulated as per her/his age. Au pairs who reached 20 years of age have the 5-week holiday a year. Au pairs over 20 years have the right for 4 holiday weeks in a year. There can still be further or another regulations in each canton.