Netherlands

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Netherlands has 13 different programs for the different au pair citizenships.
Choose here which programs you want to see and compare.

rules & regulations

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minimum stay

No minimum stay defined.

No minimun stay defined.

maximum stay

1 year.

working hours

According to the official rules, an au pair can work:

  • Maximum 8 hours/day
  • Maximum 30 hours/week.

days off

At least 2 days off per week.

holidays

 

2 weeks paid holiday per year.

allowed work

The daily work of an au pair varies widely. It wholly depends on the type and lifestyle of the family that is hosting the au pair. In general, an au pair's everyday work includes:

  • Carrying out light housework such as helping to keep the home clean and tidy as well as washing and ironing clothes;
  • Making breakfast and simple meals;
  • Looking after younger children, i.e. supervising them, accompanying them to kindergarten, to school or specific activities, bringing them for walks, playing with them;
  • Watching over the house or apartment and looking after pets


Which work should and can be done by an au pair? Which work an au pair definitely doesn't have to do? Discuss with others in our community!

forbidden work

The tasks of an au pair do not include caring for the sick or elderly (looking after family members in need of care).

ou will not be carrying out work for people who are in need of more specialised care. More specialised care means care duties that require specific skills.

pocket money

The pocket money will amount to a minimum of € 300 to maximum of € 340 per month.

board and lodging

Board and lodging are provided by the family for freeThis also applies in case of illness or during the au pair's holidays.

room

The au pair is entitled to his/her own room.

language course


      

The au pair has the opportunity to take Dutch classes. The host family has to pay for a Dutch course for the au pair if he/she stays with the family for 6 months or more.

travel expenses

Depending on the agreement between the au pair and the host family, the travel costs will be either split between parties or paid in full by the host family or the au pair. This usually depends on the length of the au pair's stay.

health, accident and liability insurance

While staying in the Netherlands, it is necessary to have health insurance with coverage for the Netherlands. This health insurance needs to cover at least the costs for hospitalization and care in a sanatorium or psychiatric hospital. If the applicant starts working in the Netherlands, he/she is obliged by law to take out Dutch healthcare insurance. In addition, it is recommended to take out supplementary insurance. The Dutch Insurance company will pay for part of the costs of the general practitioner, medicines and the hospital.

More information about rights and obligations with respect to health care insurance can be found here.

The host family must arrange and pay for a medical, accident and liability insurance for the au pair.

While staying in the Netherlands it is need to have a health insurance with coverage for the Netherlands. This health insurance needs to cover at least the costs for hospitalization and care in a sanatorium or psychiatric hospital. If the applicant starts working in the Netherlands, he/she is obliged by law to take out Dutch healthcare insurance. In addition, it is recommended taking out supplementary insurance. The Dutch Insurance company will pay for part of the costs of the general practitioner, medicines and the hospital.

More information about rights and obligations with respect to health care insurance can be found here.

social welfare system

The au pair doesn't need to pay any social insurance fees.

If you start working in the Netherlands, you will become insured in the Netherlands against illness, maternity, disability, accidents at work and occupational illnesses and unemployment, and you will be covered by the schemes for old age pension (AOW), survivor benefit (Anw), and child benefit (AKW). 

More information can be found here.

tax

The au pair doesn't have to pay any taxes in the Netherlands.

In the Netherlands, people have to pay tax on their income. If the participant is employed, his/her employer will deduct an amount for this from his/her wage. For more information, visit the website from the Tax Administration, call the Tax Information Line (0800-0543) or call the Tax information Line Non-resident Tax issues ( 31 (0)55-5385385). 

cost for host family

Monthly costs, approximately:

  • pocket money: € 300 - 340 
  • insurance: € 45
  • Agency fees: € 150 - 200
  • Language course: € 22,5
  • Visa: € 100
  • lodging
  • board
  • ev. public transportation ticket
  • ev. higher car insurance fee if the au pair is allowed to use it

The total costs of an au pair are approximately 750 - 800 euro per month, depending on the country of origin and the au pair program. 

The Immigration Office charges €633 for a residence permit application. The host family must pay this fee.

Note that the host family must have sufficient long-term means of suppor (for at least 12 months) for the au pair and for their own family. Detailed information can be found here

Monthly costs, approximately:

  • pocket money: € 300 - 340 
  • insurance: € 45
  • Agency fees: € 150 - 200
  • Language course: € 22,5
  • Visa: € 100
  • lodging
  • board
  • public transportation ticket
  • higher car insurance fee if the au pair is allowed to use it

The total costs of an au pair are approximately 750 - 800 euro per month, depending on the country of origin and the au pair program. 

The Immigration Office charges €633 for a residence permit application. The host family must pay this fee.

Note that the host family must have sufficient long-term means of support (for at least 12 months) for the au pair and for their own family. Detailed information can be found here.

placement fee

The au pair should not pay more than EUR 34 in costs for the preparations for his/her stay in the Netherlands

The following costs are not taken into consideration for the amount of € 34:

  • Travel expenses (costs for travelling to and from the Netherlands)
  • Visa expenses (including related travel and accommodation expenses)
  • Expenses for the application, translation and legalisation for a birth certificate
  • Expenses for obtaining a travel document.

The host family, however, is charged by the agencies. Rates are different for each agency, approximately EUR 2.500.


You are not allowed to pay a sum of money as a security deposit (or bond) to a (Dutch or foreign) mediation agency or exchange organisation.

ending of contract

If the au pair has a complaint about his/her host family, the IND recommends that he/she must first try to resolve the issue with the host family. 

If that is unsuccessful, he/she can contact the au pair agency or cultural exchange organization. If the au pair agency or cultural exchange organization cannot or does not want to help resolve the issue, the au pair should call the information line. The telephone number is 31(0)6-10 82 35 94.

IIn serious cases, e.g. in case of abuse or exploitation, you can also call the information line directly. Or you go to the police. en handhaving

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