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Being an au pair in Switzerland


IMPORTANT (2011): THIS PAGE IS BEING UPDATED. FOR UP TO DATE INFORMATION PLEASE REFER TO THE OFFICIAL GOVERNMENT WEBSITE FOR EACH COUNTRY.

Employment requirements and conditions for au pairs and nannies change on a regular basis in every country. Please note it is YOUR responsibility to check the most up-to-date information on government websites. Thank you!



  • Age: Au pairs are required to be between 17 and 30 years of age
  • Salary (Pocket money): On average au pairs get paid CHF500 - CHF800 per month
  • Number of hrs to work and days off: 30 to 40 hours a week (housework, baby-sitting, etc.). An au pair has the right to one day off per week (at least one Sunday a month) and 4 weeks’ vacation per year (5 weeks if they are less than 20 years old)
  • Visas: Au pairs are only admitted to Switzerland if they come from European Union (EU) member countries, the USA, Canada, Australia and New Zealand. See Visa requirements for Switzerland for more information.
  • Duration of stay: An au pair should stay a minimum of 12 months and a maximum of 18 months.
  • Health Insurance: Employers pay the au pair's health and accident insurance although they can deduct up to 10% of the au pair's salary to cover the costs.
  • Travel costs: Travel costs to Switzerland from the au pair's home country should be covered by the au pair. However, if the host family wants to pay for a part of the costs, it is suggested that they do so after the au pair has stayed with them for at least half of the agreed time
  • Language courses: An employer is also obliged to enrol their au pair in a language school. Employers pay for the language courses, although they can deduct up to 10% of the au pair’s salary to cover the costs.


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