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Au Pair Australia: Working In France!

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Overtime and going home late is now a work health and safety issue

France has the fourth highest population in Europe, only behind Russia, Germany and the United Kingdom. With over 65 million citizens, the country has an English speaking population equivalent to just fewer than 40%, meaning there is huge potential for English-speaking Au pairs to improve their foreign language skills.

France is most famous for its food (think wine, cheese, baguettes and croissants) and its status as Art Capital of the World (think famous artists like Monet and Matisse and landmarks like the Louvre and the Eiffel Tour).  However, the country’s standard of living has almost doubled in the past 40 years and with the strong euro, France is one of the most in demand locations for foreign Au pairs.

Au Pair in France: Financial Allowance and Working Hours

Au pairs hours are capped at 5 hours per day and 30 hours per week. These times may differ between host families, and it is suggested that they be agreed to prior to employment. Au pairs will receive an allowance between EUR260 and EUR314 per month (equating to around 75-90 per cent of the French minimum wage).

Accommodation and Rent for Au Pairs

Rent/accommodation/board/lodging is free for au pairs, which will usually include an individual room in the family home.

Holders of the Cert III in Early Childhood Education and Care may be eligible to work in France!

Paris – the fifth most populated city in Europe – only behind London, Berlin, Madrid and Rome!

Free Time and Holidays

There are no specific rules regarding holidays as this is usually determined between the au pair and host family.  Generally, a 12 month employment term will equate to a four week holiday and 6 months will allow for two weeks paid holiday.

Legislation and regulations surrounding free time includes au pairs entitlement to:

• Have a minimum of one day off per week
• Once a month, the day off should be a Sunday
• Work for another employer during free time (this must be a maximum of 60% of the total number of working hours – including work for the host family!)

N.B. It is mandatory that Au pairs participate in a French language course; however, the length of the course is unspecified.

Au pair work destinations include the Netherlands, Germany, Belgium, and Austria.

Have you worked abroad as an au pair before? Do you have any tips or tricks for those looking for child care opportunities with a host family? Let us know in a comment below!

Topics: Au Pair, Au Pair Australia

For further information on overseas Au pair locations, visit Au Pair World.

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