Difference between a Live-in Nanny and an Aupair in Switzerland?

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A question we often get asked is “What is the difference between a Live-in Nanny and an Aupair?” They are indeed very different and suitability for your family really depends on your needs and situation. For a stay at home mom who needs an extra pair of hands or for a family that needs a few hours a week whilst parents work, an Aupair is perfect, For a family that needs more hours and sole independent care of their children, a nanny will be more suitable. Some differences between a nanny and an aupair are listed below.

Au Pairs Live-in Nannies
Overview An au pair is normally a young foreign person who comes to a host country for a cultural experience, to live with the family on a 1 year work permit. They are normally between the ages of 19 and 30. The childcare experience of the aupair is generally limited. Live-in Nannies are experienced in childcare, with related childcare references and join the family as an employee. Nannies vary in age and experience and can either perform solely nanny duties or also take on a nanny/ housekeeper role.
Costs The cost of an aupair to a family is between 1500CHF-1800CHF per month including the aupairs allowance of approximately 700-800CHF per month, language school, health and accident insurance, taxes, social contributions and pension. The cost of a live-in nanny to a family is on average between 3200CHF-5000CHF per month (depending on experience) including costs for social contributions, taxes, insurances and pension.
Work hours An aupair works max 30 hours per week distributed over 6 days per week, of which only 50% can be unsupervised without a parent. A live-in nanny can work up to a maximum of 50 hours per week, of which all can be independently i.e. no parental supervision restrictions apply.

Rockmybaby can provide you with live-in nannies and should you require an aupair we have various partner aupair agencies we can refer you to. Please contact Tanya on info@rockmybaby.ch to discuss your needs.

How to choose the right nanny agency?

Finding and sourcing good quality childcare in Switzerland is not easy! If a parent goes onto Google, often you don’t know where to start when selecting a nanny agency.

How does a family decide which is the right nanny agency for them?

Rockmybaby receives most of its inquiries through word of mouth. Parents should realize their best resources are friends and family. Ask friends or family which agencies they used and if so were they happy with them? Also, when families start calling agencies they should ask how long they have been in business. Rockmybaby® Nanny Agency has been in business for since 2006 and has helped clients in New Zealand, Australia, Switzerland, Israel and the United Kingdom source top-notch childcare. They have had many years of experience and know their industry inside and out.

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It is important that agencies are a part of professional associations. Rockmybaby® is part of the International Association of Nanny Agencies worldwide. These organizations pride themselves on high standards and therefore the agencies must enforce these standards. Reputable nanny agencies like Rockmybaby® always want to align themselves with professional organizations.
It is also important that families choose agencies who really care about your needs, offer personalised service and who will search tirelessly for the perfect candidate. Rockmybaby® Switzerland works with only top-notch nannies that have been thoroughly vetted, have solid experience and their references verified. Rockmybaby® takes these standards incredibly seriously and therefore their candidates are experienced and solid professional childcarers.
Rockmybaby® is also the best choice for a childcare agency because of their 24/7 on-line babysitting platform, with this system you can book a vetted babysitter instantaneously and receive confirmation generally within a few minutes! Let Rockmybaby® find a nanny or babysitter for you toda

What accident insurances do I need for my nanny?

Accident insurance

When employing a nanny, families need to ensure they have the relevant accident insurances  -

  • for nannies who work less than 8 works per week: the family only need to ensure they have Occupational Accident insurance  – this is payable by the employer.
  • for nannies working eight hours or more per week: the family also need to ensure they take out an additional accident insurance called Non-Occupational Accident insurance – this monthly premium you may deduct from the nanny’s salary.

For more information on these accident insurances, please contact your insurance provider.

What is the BVG / LPP pension plan that you need for your nanny?

BVG / LPP (Second Pillar Pension)

This is a Occupational Benefits plan and is compulsory if your nanny earns more than         21 060CHF per annum or 1755CHF per month – the employer will be responsible for taking out a second pillar pension for the employee. This premium is paid in equal parts monthly by both employer and employee.  Fo more information, please take a look at this link with relevant information – Meaning and Objectives of Occupational Pensions Funds

What social contributions does a family have to pay for a nanny?

Social insurance contributions

Familes and Nannies have to contribute to AHV / AVS if the person is older than 17 years old. Half of the contributions are paid by the employer and the other half by the employee (deducted from their salary). You need to register your nanny with the AHV / AVS in your canton of residence after which you will receive quarterly invoices for the social contributions. The Invalidity Insurance, Family Insurances and the Unemployment Insurance also fall part of the social contributions and are all submitted through the AHV / AVS. Should the nanny earn less than 21 060CHF per annum, the income tax can also be submitted through the AHV.

Live-in nanny / staff – what can be deducted from the salary?

What is food and lodging and how is that calculated?

Live-in nannies and other live-in household staff salaries can have an amount of 990CHF deducted from their gross salaries for food and accomodation. The employmnet contributions (i.e. AHV / AVS) are calculated based on the gross salary including the food and accommodation amount.

 Wage rates Daily amount Monthly amount
 Breakfast  3.50.- 105.-
 Lunch  10.- 300.-
 Dinner  8.- 240.-
 Lodging / Accommodation  11.5.- 340.-
 Full food and lodging  33.- 990.-

What is the average salary for a nanny in Switzerland?

Ever wondered what an average salary is a for a nanny in Switzerland?

For an experienced nanny in Switzerland you would be looking at an average of 4500CHF-5000CHF per month gross (excluding employer contributions). For a full-time nanny with limited experience, the minimum salary is approximately 3800CHF per month gross. Live-in nannies would cost approximately 990CHF less per month as you can deduct this amount for food and accommodation. Hourly rates for nannies range between 23CHF-35CHF per hour gross on average depending on experience and number of hours employed.There is a minimum salary range for domestic staff in Switzerland including nannies based on experience and qualifications which will be featured in the next post on nanny salaries.

Contact Tanya for more advice on nanny salaries – tanya@rockmybaby.ch