This Au Pair Letter is suitable where a family wishes to invite someone to join their family as an Au Pair. The working times, allowance and other conditions meet the standards recommended by the British Au Pair Agencies Association.
The host family should complete the letter of invitation and send it to the Au Pair who will then be able to use the letter to support his/her application for a visa. Even if the Au Pair does not require a visa to enter the UK as an au pair, this letter is still useful since it sets out the terms under which you are offering the Au Pair position and can therefore help avoid misunderstandings.
An Au Pair is usually a foreign national who has entered the UK to live with a family while improving his/her knowledge of the English language. He/she is treated as a member of the family's household rather than an employee and, in return for limited childcare and housework duties (between 25 and 30 hours per week, generally 5 hours a day), is given an allowance. The Au Pair must be given his/her own room with full-board in the family home, at least 2 days off work per week and adequate time to attend English lessons. An au pair is usually a young person with no formal childcare qualifications and should not be given sole care of children under the age of 2.
The recommended weekly allowance for an Au Pair is £75 - £90+ (towards the top end in the London area). Any sum substantially higher could suggest that the Au Pair is filling the position of a domestic servant which might require a work permit and may result in the host having to register as an employer and pay National Insurance and PAYE.
This Au Pair Letter is suitable for use in England, Scotland and Wales and includes clauses covering:
- duties (including babysitting)
- holiday pay
- start date and duration of position
- working times.