Au Pair Costs
As an au pair is not employed by you as a member of staff, they do not get paid a wage. Instead, they are paid an agreed amount of ‘pocket money’ based on the hours they work per week. In most cases, the au pair does not pay tax, as their earnings do not reach the tax threshold. For au pairs we suggest the minimum pocket money allowances as follows:
- £80 minimum for up to 25 hours per week
- £95 minimum for up to 30 hours per week
On top of the pocket money there are some additional, compulsory benefits , including assistance with language tuition, a completion bonus after a successful stay, and 4 weeks paid holiday. These are explained in more detail here : https://eastmidlandsnanniesandaupairs.co.uk/find-an-au-pair/roles-and-expectations/
Additionally, and optionally according to circumstances, some families offer extra benefits such as personal use of a car, gym membership, a local bus pass etc.
Babysitting over the 25 or 3o agreed hours or evening babysitting must be paid at a minimum rate of £4 per hour.
Please also consider the cost of car insurance if you require a driver and factor this in to your budget.
For a Foreign Mothers Help, the money offered is higher to cover the increased amount of hours worked, the greater responsibility around the home, sole charge of under 2’s (if required) and the fact they are generally more mature and independent. They are also likely to need to pay tax if they are over the threshold. We suggest the minimum pocket money allowance as follows :
- £175 minimum for in the region of 40 – 45 hours per week