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Au Pair

Verified 15 January 2022 - Directorate for Legal and Administrative Information (Prime Minister)

The au pair is hired by an individual employer. He carries out family or household tasks (childcare, minor housework, for example). In return, his remuneration consists exclusively of benefits in kind (accommodation, food).

The au pair is hired by an individual employer to perform household tasks (such as cleaning, ironing, childcare).

He has a compound salary exclusively benefits in kind (accommodation, food...).

An employment contract is established between the individual and the employee. It depends on the collective agreement of private employers and of home employment.

There is no age requirement or nationality.


the au pair arrangement must not be confused with the au pair arrangement trainee family helper foreigner or the foreigner that has a au pair temporary residence card.

An individual who hires an au pair must report it to theUrssaf: titleContent using a form.

The au pair cannot be declared to the Cesu or Pajemploi.

Declaration of employment of a family job

This form must be sent within 8 days of the employee's employment, preferably by letter with RAR: titleContent.

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If it is 1re declaration, this form is also used as an application for registration as an individual employer.

If the employee does not have a social security registration number, the form allows to apply.

An application for registration of the au pair may also be made to your CPAM: titleContent.

Every quarter, theUrssaf: titleContent sends the individual employer a simplified Nominative Return (DNS) to be completed for the purpose of calculating contributions.

The individual employer shall complete this declaration.

He shall return this declaration to the Urssaf by the date indicated on the return.

In the light of this declaration, the Urssaf sends the individual employer a notice of the expiry of the contributions due.

Please note

the employment of an au pair employee shall, subject to conditions, reduction or tax credit for family jobs. At the end of the year, theUrssaf: titleContent provide the individual employer with a certificate enabling him to benefit from that tax advantage.

The au pair is paid in kind (accommodation, meals).

The national collective agreement for private employers and domestic workers defines a flat-rate estimate of benefits in kind:

  • €4.70 per meal
  • €71 per month for housing

If the actual value of the benefits provided is greater than these amounts (in particular as regards housing), it must be specified in the employee's employment contract. It is then this real value that is taken into account in determining the plate contributions payable by the individual employer.

The remuneration of the au pair employee may not be less than the minimum wage laid down by the collective agreement or the Smic: titleContent.

It is equal to the conventional minimum wage × the number of hours of work provided for in the contract.

The individual employer must issue a pay slip to his employee. It shall mention the representative value of benefits in kind.

The dwelling must be decent and not present a risk to the health and safety of the employee.

It must be fitted with a closure system.

Accommodation is provided furnished. The employee's agreement is required if he is not furnished.

An inventory shall be drawn up by the parties on the occasion of the handover and return of the dwelling.

The employee must ensure the routine maintenance, proper use and cleanliness of the premises.

Processing is prohibited. Improvements and improvements are subject to the agreement of the employer. This work shall remain the responsibility of the employee unless otherwise agreed between the parties.

The au pair depends on the general social security system for sickness, maternity, accidents at work and basic retirement.

It depends on the supplementary pension fund for private employees (Ircem).

Finally, with regard to unemployment insurance, it depends on Pôle emploi.

Disputes between the au pair and the individual employer shall be the responsibility of the labor council the place of residence of the individual employer.

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