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Re: Hiring Au Pair, Non-EU Family in Zurich

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As far as I know, Switzerland does not consider an Au Pair as an employee. Think of her/him as an older student who wants to have a little experience in exchange for an extra pair of hands and some pocket money. This is not the same as a nanny, who must be paid a nanny wage in accordance with his/her experience. If you don't follow this, you will likely be outside the law. And yes, it is very expensive.
This is one of the better (simple language) descriptions I have heard for the concept of an au pair. As has been noted, the au pair "system" has a very regulated list of requirements. And the au pair term is often misused to cover a person who looks after children, runs a home, cooks, cleans and works 40+ hours per week. This is not an au pair.

You are "better off" to talk in terms of a nanny or house employee if you want to have more flexibility and get around any requirements about language or level of responsibility. However, once you are out of the au pair system, you are talking about another salary level (of course with added flexibility, age of the individual etc.).
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