Things You Need to Know Before Applying for an Aupair UK Based Job
Whether you are an au pair yourself or you are looking for one, no one can deny that the process is a little bit confusing for both parties. After all, different countries have different legislations. This makes it confusing for the aupairs as they tend to go to various foreign places as part of some cultural programme. Therefore, they have to encounter variables everywhere they go i.e. with regards to expected pay and work hours. In the UK, confusion also drives because au pairs are not technically classed as employed. This causes a bit of a grey area for those looking to hire an au pair. If you are considering becoming an Aupair UK based, then this article will uncover all the information you should know.
First and foremost, it is important to establish the fact that this information is presented as merely a set of guidelines. Nothing is set in stone. Every agency will have their own specific set of ‘rules’ and therefore their ideals may differ slightly. There is no official au pair programme in the UK and therefore there is no legislative reference.
One of the most important things you need to decipher is what your duties will be. Your primary focus will be childcare. This can encompass a wide scope of activities that includes picking up children from school and taking them to any extracurricular activities, helping them with their homework, and cooking their meals. You will also be required to carry out household duties. It is highly advisable to have your duties highlighted in the contract/letter the family gives to you. After all, you do not want to be put in the position, whereby you feel the demands of the family are unreasonable and have no point of reference to compare them to.
Most agencies tell their au pairs that they will be expected to work 25 hours per week. They will also be entitled to holidays too. However, there is nothing defined with regards to how much time off an au pair should have. Most people tend to operate via the system of four weeks off per calendar year – as this is what is usually given in most full time jobs. With regards to pocket money, you will be given anything between £70 and £85 per week in addition to your full board lodging. The amount you get is usually dependant on your whereabouts in England you and thus how much the price of living is. You should be given this no matter whether you are on a holiday or unable to work because of illness.
Before concluding, you will also be allowed to attend a language course in order to improve your English. This is something that is highly recommended, but it is up to you to fund this course. However, sometimes you will be lucky to find a family who will offer to pay for your course.
Hopefully this article will have helped to clarify any grey areas regarding becoming an Aupair, UK situated. If you have any other queries then the au pair agency in question will be able to give you a helping hand.
Drusilla Anderson is a freelance content writer who has been a qualified journalist for many years now. She has put thorough research to find further information regarding the Aupair UK system.