What are fair wages for a nanny in Switzerland?

Great Blog post by our Nanny / Household Staff Payroll Partner quitt.ch

Found the right nanny for you in home childcare perfectly matching your requirements and your children needs? Well done! Time to employ and insure your new nanny correctly. As part of this employing process most parents see themselves faced with the question of what a fair wage for the nanny would be. These are our recommendations!

Nanny wage recommendations

Our wage recommendations for nannies are indicated as gross wages. It is import to be aware of the fact that the gross wage is the total remuneration of work carried out before the social security contributions and tax. All of our wage recommendations are based on a full time position with an employment rate of 100% and a working week of 42 hours.

At least CHF 3’450 to 3’800 without vocational training
At least CHF 3’800 to 4’800 with proven professional skills and experience
These values are based on the one hand on the handbook “Alternatives to the day-care centres” of the city of Zurich (available in German only) and on the other hand on the graph below showing the distribution of monthly gross wages of nannies employed via quitt.ch. By paying close attention to the graph you will see that the vast majority of the gross wages of nannys employed via quitt.ch are part of the wage gap indicated above.

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Determing wages for a nanny: What else to consider

Many parents in Switzerland decide to hire nannies since they can look after the children “around the clock” outside the usual opening times of day care centers. Many nannies are so called live-in-nannys living with family of the children to be supervised. Lodging and boarding are provided by the family.

These out-of pocket expenses are called wages in kind which are part of the total wages for nanny, and therefore have to be accounted for accordingly. In Switzerland, the total amount of wages in kind is CHF 990. So for example if the monthly gross salary of a nanny is CHF 2800, the wages of kind of CHF 990 will be added to gross salary. So the entire monthly gross salary of the nanny will be CHF 3790. The AHV and social insurance contributions as well as the taxes will be deducted from the total amount of CHF 3790.

By using our free wage calculator you can calculate the monthly wages for your nanny including the automatic deduction of all social contributions and the cost for the compulsory accident insurance.

Nannies and occupational plans

Most nannies are employed on a monthly basis due to the high number of working hours per week. As soon as their monthly wages exceed CHF 1762.50 per month or CHF 21’150.00 per year they have to be registered with a pension fund (Second Pillar of the Swiss occupation plans).

By the way, nannies directly accommodated by families in Switzerland are generally preferred over nannies having to provide for their own accommodation and boarding!

quitt.ch offers all services needed when it comes to employing, registering and insuring your nanny in accordance with all legal requirements. quitt.ch 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. Further information about the employment of a nanny can be found here.

Guidelines for Effective Nanny-Employer Relationship

 

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Nanny / Employer Communication is critical to ensure the longevity and happiness of the working relationship. Conflict, resentment and frustration can build up if communication lines are not kept open and issues are not dealt with effectively. Without communication between the two parties, the relationship will fail.

When a new nanny starts with a new family it can take time for both the nanny and the family to get used to each other’s ways of doing things. The settling in period takes some time for both parties, and compromise may be necessary on both sides.

Here are some important guidelines for communication with your nanny to get your relationship off to a good start –

  • Schedule morning and evening debriefing routines.
  • Ask your nanny to maintain a daily diary / log of main activities and happenings – Rockmybaby® has a nanny diary you can purchase which will allow you to keep track of the child’s / children’s day – contact tanya@rockmybaby.ch to order one.
  • Have a daily check-in time via phone or email / whatsapp.
  • Hold a weekly or monthly meeting in a quiet area with no interruptions.
  • On the agenda for these weekly meetings should be children, job tasks, expectations etc – both parties should be open and share their feelings and opinions in a diplomatic way. Both parties should feel comfortable and respected in sharing their feedback with each other. Be as honest and open as you can focusing on positives and areas of improvement in a diplomatic way.
  • It is best to always be open and direct in your communication and don’t expect your nanny to read between the lines.
  • Be supportive and empathetic when discussing more sensitive topics with your nanny like areas of development. Remain calm and do not show anger or be disrespectful in any way. Always keep communication professional.
  • Communicating around serious issues should be dealt with effectively and in a timely matter, so as not to let resentment and frustration build up.
  • Be an active and good listener.
  • Communicate how grateful you are for your nanny and her work and once in a while give her an unexpected bonus, time off or small gift to show your appreciation.
  • Praise her for the work well done – saying something kind or highlighting what she does well will go a long way to building a positive relationship
  • Be prepared to compromise on less important areas and be open to the nanny’s suggestions and ideas.

Remember that you have an employee-employer relationship with your nanny.

As much as your nanny might feel like part of the family, this is an employer / employee relationship at the end of the day. Always make sure your expectations are clear from the outset to make sure there are no misunderstandings, and have respect for her time off, the contract and duties.

The most successful nanny/employer relationships are where there is a mutual respect between both parties. The nanny / employer is unlike any other employer/employee relationship as she becomes part of your family. It is important for nannies to feel valued and for you to feel heard, hence ongoing communication is critical. With the right amount of attention and care, you can nurture your relationship to be one of the most important ones you will have for your family.

For you nanny recruitment needs, please contact Tanya at tanya@rockmybaby.ch – www.rockmybaby.ch

 

 

Benefits of a Live-in Nanny

 

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Have you been thinking of whether a live-in or live-out nanny is better suited to your family? Here are some benefits of a Live-in Nanny which may help you in your decision.

  • Are you in need of a flexible nanny? If you need to travel frequently for work, have irregular working hours, have a busy social life etc, you may want a more flexible nanny than when you have quite predictable working hours.
  • Do you want mornings to be less stressful? A live-in nanny is already in your home, so there is no waiting around in the morning until the nanny arrives.
  • Is cost a factor for you? Live-in nannies receive room and board as part of their compensation package, hence can cost less than live-out nannies.

Whatever you decide, live-in or live-out, be sure to decide for a person that fits in with your family and needs.

Contact us on info@rockmybaby.ch for your nanny needs – http://www.rockmybaby.ch

 

 

Sleep Training Offered by Babyem in Zurich 3 September 2016!

SLEEP TRAINING COURSE! Great news! For those that attended to the Maternity Nurse Training by Babyem this year or last – you may be interested in the OCN Level 3 Sleep Training going to be offered by Babyem in Zurich on the 3rd of September – if interested, please email tanya@rockmybaby.ch

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Childcare ideas over the summer

 

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I know when summer holidays start approaching we think.. how are we going to manage working / getting things done when the kids are off school It is that time of year again, summer break. Some of us are going home or on holiday and others are working most of the summer or partly.  Lining up summer childcare is a process that normally starts in winter / spring but rarely works out that a single solution to summer child care does the trick. Particularly for those of us who work, even if you do have to employ several of these summer childcare ideas, the sooner you make a plan for summer, the easier life will be. So for those still needing help here are some ideas –

  • Summer Camps for the kids are all over Switzerland with different themes i.e. sports, theatre, excursions, arts and crafts etc. Check with your local town hall as well as any private schools in the area that may also offer summer childcare programs
  • Ask your company for flexible working / work from home options
  • Juggle care between you as parents – take turns as parents taking time off work
  • Swap childcare with other parents – alternate childcare days where you take their kids for a day and vice versa – plus it gives the kids a chance for a playdate!
  • Host a Summer Aupair –  Rockmybaby® can also help finding you a Summer Aupair or Live-in Nanny for a shorter period to cover the summer holidays
  • Ask family for support – if you have family in Switzerland now is a good time to enlist their help!

Hope this helps and if you need support with a Nanny / Babysitter or Summer Aupair, don’t hesitate to contact Rockmybaby to discuss your childcare needs on tanya@rockmybaby.ch www.rockmybaby.ch

 

Letter of Termination for a Nanny

 

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Terminating the employment relationship with your nanny is in general not a particularly pleasant thing to do. It is however part of the administrative obligations you face when employing a nanny or household staff. Below you can download a correct template for the letter of termination.

There may be diverse reasons for terminating the contract of a nanny, babysitter or domestic help. They may be of professional or private nature. Whatever the reason of terminating the contract of your nanny may be, the letter must be formulated correctly and in accordance to the contractual notice period and with indication of all information necessary. Writing such a termination letter to babysitter is not the easiest thing to do, therefore we provide you with a template, free to download.

Download letter of termination

What you need to consider when terminating the contract of your nanny

We would highly recommend submitting a written notice. If you should decide on sending the letter of termination to your nanny by mail, we do, for evidentiary purposes, recommend sending it by registered mail. If the letter of termination should be handed over to your nanny in person, a written receipt would be the best way of confirmation. The termination of the contract will only come into effect, when your nanny has received the letter.

Furthermore, the current address and name as well as the address and name of your nanny or babysitter have to be specified in the letter of termination, the place and date as well as the contract being terminated on the next possible termination date (based on Art. 335c OR regulating notice periods). Both parties have to sign the letter of termination – the employer and the nanny.

Possible protection against dismissal for a nanny

There are several reasons for protection against dismissal for employees in private households. You may not dismiss your nanny in case of sickness, an accident or pregnancy. The duration of military and civilian services is also covered by that regulation in Art. 336c OR. During these periods, your nanny is protected from termination of the contract. Only after that lock up period, the termination can be legally executed.

Being legally protected and insured as an employer

As an employer during the employer-employee relationship in general and after termination of the same, there is always a risk for a legal dispute between the parties. This might be the case when your nanny doesn’t show up for work or never shows up on time anymore as soon as you have terminated their contract on the next possible date. Therefore we recommend a legal protection insurance for private households employing a nanny. The insurance offers a solid protection against legal disputes with household employees. Thanks to the cooperation with the FORTUNA insurance, quitt.ch offers you a stable, inexpensive solution. Find out more about this insurance option here.

Key Receipt – Handing over your Keys to your Nanny

Blog Post by Quitt

Key receipt: You and your nanny on the safe side

During a hand-over of keys between you and your nanny, it is smart and foresighted to have a written document that acknowledges the hand-over and states the approach if the key gets lost. This is where a key receipt is of great help to you.

A key receipt can avoid precarious situations and brings clarity regarding several questions that may occur if a key gets lost. Such questions could include: Which house keys did I give to my nanny? What day was it again? Did one of my children lose one of the keys or was it my nanny? Did I lose them? As the key number is written down on the key receipt, it is clear which exact key was handed over and who will cover the costs in case of a loss of the keys. Therefore, it prevents a big source of misunderstandings and unjustified accusations right from the start.

Key receipt – Reliability for both sides
Our key receipt can be downloaded for free and is available in German, English and French.

Key receipt German
Key receipt English
Key receipt French

Using the provided template is a rapid way to prepare an adequate scripture to document the key hand-over while considering the interests of both sides – the employer and the employee. On the key receipt, the employer and nanny have a choice of two different options of agreement about what to do if the key is lost.

First option: The employer has to cover all expenses that occur if the key gets damaged or lost. If there is any case of gross negligence detectable on side of the employee, he could get held liable and needs to bear a part of the expenses (Art. 321e OR).

Generally speaking, the hand-over of a key brings a big portion of responsibility for the nanny. The risk of a housebreaking after the loss or damage of a key depends on what information is visible on the key. Never sign a key with name or address of the employer. Considering this little hint, it is not necessary to exchange all locks and keys if a single key gets lost. High costs can be avoided by this simple procedure. You will find more information on the legal situation here.
Second option: This is the carefree way. In case the employer has taken out a household insurance with quitt.ch, any costs incurred through the loss or damage of the keys are covered by the household insurance. With this insurance, there will be no trouble in case a key disappears. The nanny as well as the employer can solve the problem without big excitement.

Don’t wait too long with filling out the key receipt. We highly recommend filling out the key receipt right after the signature of the employment contract. This provides the best start for the new employment and supports a good cooperation.
By the way, all employees of quitt.ch have signed this exact key receipt as well!