This is a question that we frequently get asked by our au pairs and families. In Ireland there is no official regulation when it comes to the amount of pocket money au pairs receive. Based on the feedback that we have received from our au pairs and families over the past year we have put together the following guidelines.
Standard Au Pair
A standard au pair is an au pair who works either 30 hours per week plus 2 nights babysitting (with a maximum of 1 of these to be at the weekend) or 35 hours plus 1 night babysitting per week. The majority of an au pair's work will be childcare support and a small portion of light housework. We recommend that a standard au pair receive €120-150 pocket money per week*. If you have a larger family or very young children we recommend pocket money on the upper side of this range.
It is not uncommon for an au pair to receive more than the recommended €120 pocket money per week. Particularly in cases where the au pair has stayed longer than their agreed contract or if the family find that the au pair is working out really.
Demi Au Pair
A demi au pair works for 15-25 hours per week and 1 or 2 nights babysitting. A demi au pair will receive between €80-100 per week. A demi au pair is the least popular option of all au pairs for Irish families as many families require an au pair for longer hours than a demi au pair can provide.**
Elderly Care Au Pair
An elderly care au pair is an au pair who, instead of looking after children, will look after an older person offering companionship and who will do some light housework. An elderly au pair would still receive free board and lodging and some pocket money (usually €100 for around 30 hours of work per week). We do not recommend elderly au pairs for old people who require medical help.
*From our research, in families where an au pair is paid a higher rate of pocket money (€150+), the au pair placement usually lasts longer (approx. 1 year) than with families who pay a lower rate of pocket money.
** We are currently waiting for advice from the au pair committee of Ireland for guidelines as to whether a demi au pair programme is an acceptable programme to offer our families and au pairs.