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Does anyone know the cost of 2-hour baby-sitting

Hi,

I have two boys, 4 and 6, and I'm looking for someone watch them for 2 hours from the end of school till I come back from work. We live in a small town close to Zurich. I don't need any house work done. Just watch them finish their homework, then some free play. Does anyone know about a general range of the cost? Thanks a lot!
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Old 22.08.2011, 12:27
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Typical cost seems to be about 15-25 CHF an hour.
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which small town is it exactly........as you state winterthur in your profile
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Re: Does anyone know the cost of 2-hour baby-sitting

Younger girls, under 18, will be 8 - 15 Fr (your gemeinde will have some guidelines here if you want to be exact).

Then the rate really changes for someone older, more experienced or qualified. A minimum of 20 Fr up to 30 Fr or even more for someone qualified/experienced/good.

Also, if someone is working in your home for more than four hours a week (I think this is right, you would need to check, perhaps other EF'ers can clarify) then you need to register them and pay all kinds of insurances and additional taxes/pension payments etc.

You hear of these awful stories of workers not being registered and if there is an accident/injury then it gets very messy.

I think if you find someone good then registering them shows you value them and increases loyalty. We've had the same lady for four years now and everything has gone well but the process of registering adn the additional payments means it works out to be pretty expensive.

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I have two boys, 4 and 6.... Just watch them finish their homework, then some free play. Does anyone know about a general range of the cost? Thanks a lot!
They assign homework to 4 & 6-year olds? WOW!

In terms of the additional paperwork for insurance contributions, it's not too onerous. The extra accident insurance can be arranged for about CHF100- per year and covers anyone who works in your home -- you may already have this cover if you employ a cleaner, for example.

For the AHV contributions, you just need to agree up front whether the rate (eg, 25 CHF/hr) you are paying is net or gross, and whether it includes a portion of holiday entitlement or not. If it doesn't include holiday entitlement, you are required to provide paid holiday. Then there is a spreadsheet you can download where you track hours/wages, and it spits out the AHV you owe at the end of the year.

Easiest thing do to is agree a gross pay that includes a portion of holiday being paid out each week as well. So a CHF30/hr pay probably looks like CHF26 net, CHF3 AHV, CHF1 vacation allowance.

It seems complicated, but in practice, once you get it all set up it isn't complicated at all.
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