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Au Pair Salaries

The following is a guideline of Au Pair Salaries in South Africa. These are realistic au pair salaries in terms of what the majority of families pay their au pairs in South Africa. Yes, there are exceptions to the below. Some families pay more, but then they generally expect more in terms of qualifications, experience, job functions, hours worked, flexibility etc.

Au Pair Salaries:
Mornings
3 Hours or Less – R4500 to R5000 per month
4 Hours – R5000 to R6000 per month
5 Hours – R6000 to R8000 per month
6 Hours – R7500 to R9000 per month

Afternoons
3 Hours or Less – R4500 to R5000 per month
4 Hours – R5000 to R6000 per month
5 Hours – R6000 to R8000 per month
6 Hours – R7500 to R9000 per month

Full Day
7 Hours – Starting from R8500 per month
8+ Hours – Starting from R10 000 per month
10+ Hours – Starting from R11 500 per month
12+ Hours – Starting from R13 500 per month

  • Petrol reimbursement of AA Rates per km travelled would be in addition to the salary (not to and from work).
  • If the family is providing a vehicle for the candidate to use during working hours then they would not have to reimburse petrol.

When considering Au Pair Salaries above the follwoing should be taken into account…

JUNIOR Level Au Pair:
A JUNIOR LEVEL au pair who is someone who generally has between 6 months to 1 year au pair experience and someone who does not have formal experience LOOKING AFTER BABIES AND TODDLERS as an au pair. She generally only has experience with children who are aged 4 and over. A junior level au pair does not have any child care qualifications, nor first aid experience and she is generally between the ages of 18 and 22. She would have a car and a valid drivers license. She would be capable of looking after children aged 4 or over, however in a role simply as someone who drives the children around, supervises them in the afternoon and who does basic homework supervision. A junior level au pair could realistically be expected to stay with a family for about 1 year at most.

PROFESSIONAL / SENIOR Level Au Pair:
A SENIOR LEVEL au pair is someone who has 2 years or more of au pair experience, who is generally over the age of 25, who has formal experience with children of ALL ages i.e. babies, toddlers and children aged 4 and older. She would generally have completed a first aid course and a child care course OR teaching diploma / degree and / or have teaching experience. She would be capable of looking after children of any ages as well, she would run errands, drive the children around, take them to Dr’s appointments, supervise homework as well as assist with revision and test preparation, stimulate the children on a mental and physical level as well as tend to the overall emotional, developmental and psychological well-being of the children in her care. She is well-versed in managing routine and structure as well as maintaining boundaries and she knows how to act within a home environment as an employee, without overstepping but maintaining a professional relationship with the employer whilst having a nurturing and loving relationship with the children in her care. She is able to communicate with teachers with regards to the children and to report back to the parents in terms of the children. A professional / senior level au pair is generally seeking a long term commitment with the family of at least 1 year or more.

LIVE-IN Au Pair:
Generally only SENIOR LEVEL au pairs are able to LIVE-IN as they have “dedicated” their career to childcare and are thus geared to having a lifestyle that accommodates them being a live-in au pair i.e they are not mothers or wives themselves etc. Live-In au pairs are generally available as and when the family requires and are therefore considered to be ‘full time” au pairs, generally working full day Monday to Friday and a few hours on the weekend. They would have their own bedroom and bathroom either within the house, or as a separate flatlet / cottage. Live-in au pairs are not night nurses and therefore do not generally do “midnight duties” however sometimes families come to agreements whereby the live-in au pair would assist with “midnight duties” 2 to 3 times per week. A live-in au pair is ideally suited to parents who are on-call doctors, parents who travel frequently with or without their children, senior level corporate working moms who have long corporate hours, diplomats, ministers of state etc. The more hours the au pair is required to work on weekends and in the evenings, as well as the more qualifications and experience she has, the higher the salary. The fact that she is a live-in au pair does not mean that she earns less, as a true-live-in au pair works a lot more hours than a live-out au pair. She is generally available to the family 24/7. Imagine “Mary Poppins” and you will have a good idea as to what a live-in au pair in this industry truly is.

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  • Proposed questions for your interviews with prospective au pairs, tutors, governesses, home school teachers or school facilitators
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  • Guidelines on dealing with employee performance related issues in terms of South African labour law
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