Hiring an au pair in Switzerland: All you need to know

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  • Lilly Barak

Au pairs relieve families in their often stressful everyday lives and promote cultural exchange. We explain all you need to know about hiring an Au pair in Switzerland.

This is what it’s all about

  • Au pairs must be registered with the authorities in Switzerland and correctly employed and insured.
  • Au pairs usually receive room and board and a modest salary.
  • The compulsory accident insurance (UVG) must be taken out by the host family.

An au pair is a young person who goes abroad to help with the household and childcare of a host family. In return they receive accommodation, food and a modest wage. The European Au Pair Convention provides for the attendance of a language school during the stay in the host country. The au pair employees must be given enough time for education and getting to know the country and its people. They should be able to participate in the life of the host families. We explain how hiring an au pair in Switzerland works.

Requirements for hiring an au pair in Switzerland

It is a good requirement if au pairs have experience and practice in babysitting or looking after siblings or are active in a youth organisation. The minimum and maximum age for an au pair in Switzerland varies from canton to canton. In principle, the following applies: au pairs from EU and EFTA countries may apply for a stay in Switzerland at the age of 17 and up to the age of 30. Third-country nationals must be at least 18 years old and no more than 25 years old. The following applies to the whole of Switzerland: A host family must provide the au pair with his/her own room. In Switzerland, an au pair may work between 30 hours and a maximum of 40 hours per week. The maximum number of hours varies depending on the canton.

As a rule, au pair work for 12 months with a Swiss host family. Au pairs from EU/Efta countries receive a short stay permit for this period. The cantons are responsible for issuing the permits. Au pairs from EU and EFTA countries can extend their stay to a maximum of 24 months. Every family in Switzerland can employ an au pair. The condition: At least one of the children must be under 16 years old.

Different tasks in the childcare of au pair, babysitter and nanny

 These are the different tasks in the childcare of au-pair, babysitter and nanny

Do au pairs in Switzerland have to be insured and registered with the AHV?

Au pairs in Switzerland must be registered correctly and employed legally. From a legal point of view they are normal employees. They receive a salary for their work in child care and household. Therefore au pairs are also liable to AHV contributions.

The compulsory accident insurance (UVG) must be taken out by the host family or the employer. Daily sickness benefits insurance and home insurance are also recommended. The withholding tax, the employee contributions for AHV / IV / EO / ALV, half of the premium for the daily sickness benefit insurance and the premium for the non-occupational accident insurance (NBU) are deducted from the salary. However, au pairs are not always subject to the standard employment contract for domestic workers (NAV). Different regulations apply from canton to canton.

What is a fair wage for an au pair in Switzerland?

The host family has to pay for food and provide a room. In Switzerland one talks here about board and lodging. These are payments in kind and wage components. In Switzerland, they are calculated at a flat rate of 990 Swiss francs for full board and lodging. A cash wage is also paid out. In the canton of Zurich, for example, it is recommended to pay between 700 and 800 francs per month. The total wage sum (gross) of the au pair before social security deductions should therefore be between 1700 and 1800 francs. Au pairs from the 1st January after reaching the age of 17 are subject to pension fund contributions. The minimum wages for au pairs are regulated cantonally.

What else must be observed when hiring an au pair?

Au pairs live under the same roof as their family. It is therefore advisable to take enough time when choosing the right person. Before an employment, clear arrangements should also be made taking into account the needs of the family, children and the au pair. For example, to ensure that the privacy of all those involved is guaranteed.

Respecting cultural differences

Host families should also consider any cultural differences between the au pair and the family. A person from another country, another culture, another language area, may need a lot of time to adapt. Just like the host family! Also important: An au pair not only helps with childcare and household chores, but is also a guest. In order for family life to be harmonious with the au pair, it is also important to build up a relationship of trust.

How to find an au pair?

There are various placement services in Switzerland. For example, the cantonal associations of the umbrella organisation “Schweizerischer Verband PRO FILIA” offer au pair placement. Another contact point is the Didac schools. On the internet portal AupairWorld, you can post a comprehensive profile of your family free of charge and search for an au pair who fits your family.

Hiring an au pair in Switzerland in a few clicks

quitt offers all services needed when it comes to employing, registering and insuring your au pair in accordance with all legal requirements. quitt handles all administrative employer obligations, offers a favorable pension fund solution and provides all important documents such as the monthly pay statements and a professional employment contract.

This Post Has 19 Comments

  1. Are au pairs from South Africa currently (July 2020) able to get a visa and allowed to enter Switzerland?

    1. Dear Estie

      Thank you for your message. As you’re not from an EU/EFTA country it might be very difficult to find work in Switzerland – also as an au pair. Please contact the Swiss au pair association: https://www.profilia.ch to get to know more as we’re not working in this field. We wish you lots of success with finding a job abroad.

      Kind regards
      quitt.-Team Zürich

  2. Question? If the age limit is 30 years
    Does it mean that the au pair must be 29 when starting or can be 30 years old (but not 31)?

    1. Dear Valeria

      Thank you for your message.

      It depends on her nationality.
      If she ist not from Europe/EFTA than the maximum age is 25 years.

      You have to be 29 at the beginning, so that you don’t get too old wile doing the job.

      If you have further questions, please don’t hesitate to contact us.

      Kind regards
      Liam Pichler

  3. Hi! I just wanted to clarify something from the salary part. When you say 700-900, does that mean I would get 700-900 AFTER paying for the contributions or is the 700-900 still subject to deductions?

    1. Dear Lisa

      Thank you for your message.
      The amount of CHF 700-800 refers to the gross salary. Thereafter, social contributions and non-occupational accident insurance are deducted.
      If you have further questions, please don’t hesitate to contact us.

      Kind regards
      Liam Pichler

  4. Dear Quitt-team,
    we live in Zurich region and are wondering whether it is ok to hire a German Au-Pair? I read somewhere that the language of the Au-Pair must be different from the one of the region?
    I also read that the host family should support half of the language course, which is not the case in many other countries. Could you advice whether this is a prerequisite?
    Many thanks

    1. Dear Mrs Miriam

      We have no experience when it comes to hiring an au-pair and what the conditions are. Our service and our knowledge begins when all the necessary conditions for an employee or an au-pair have been fulfilled and approved. We cannot help you here and recommend you to contact an agency specialized in au-pairs. But if the au-pair has been approved by the authorities, you can use our service for the correct accounting and insurance. The rights and duties remain with you as an employer, but you will be given an account to settle the wages and contributions. The accident insurance is also included, as well as various documents and a legitimate employment contract. You are welcome to contact our support directly if you have any questions about our products and our service.

      We wish you much success with the further clarification of your Au-pair.

      Kind regards
      Liam Pichler

  5. i want to be a aupair in switzerland.and after aupair can i go to germany???is it possible??

    1. Dear Mrs. Paudel

      Our service covers the correct employment of domestic helpers.
      We cannot tell you whether it is possible to work in Germany after the time as an au pair. We recommend that you contact an au pair agency directly. We wish you much success!

      Kind regards
      Liam Pichler

  6. Moving to switzerland , and would love to au pair in switzerland once i arrive , please could someone assist .

    1. Dear Mrs Chloe

      quitt. doesn’t support you to find an employer. We help employers with the paperwork and administration of the employment. We have different cooperation partners that might be able to help you out.

      Kind regards
      your quitt.-Team

  7. Hello everyone. I’m Rita (from Madagascar
    ) , i’m au pair hier in Deuschland (at this time) , i wish to moov in the Schweiz , and i want to know if it is possible to work as an au pair there? Thanks a lot for the answer

  8. Hi am living in Switerzland , and my sister is living in Ghana and she looking for job as au pair.

    1. Dear Pascaline,
      We don’t mediate jobs. We help private persons to legally employ their domestic help.
      Please have a look at our partner rockmybaby.ch or zipfelzapf.ch in order to find a job as an Au pair in Switzerland.

    2. Hi!
      I would like to know if been an aupair in Switzerland, Can you have an extrajob in your freetime or are you limited to work with your hostfamily?

    1. Hi Pamela. Please have a look at our partner rockmybaby.ch or zipfelzapf.ch in order to find a job as an Au pair in Switzerland.

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