Becoming an Au Pair in the UK

Au Pair UK

Do you want to become an Au Pair in the UK? Find important information here about visa requirements, Au Pair duties, pocket money, working hours, etc.

Getting a visa

EU and EFTA citizens do not need a visa to travel to the UK. Non-EU citizens must apply for a Tier 5 (Youth Mobility Scheme) visa?  

Answer YES to all below questions and you can go to the UK!

Non-EU citizens

EU and EFTA citizens

Are you 18 to 30 years old?

Are you 17 to 30 years old?

Are you entitled to apply for a Tier 5 (Youth Mobility Scheme) visa?

Are you a citizen of Australia, Canada, Japan, Monaco, New Zealand, Hong Kong, Republic of Korea or Taiwan?

Are you a citizen of EU country Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain or Sweden?

Or EFTA country Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway and Switzerland?

Do you have a good knowledge of English and wish to improve your language skills?

Do you have a good knowledge of English and wish to improve your language skills?

Are you single and without children?

Are you single and without children?

Do you have 208 GBP to pay for your visa application? 

Can you pay for your travel costs?

Do you have 1,890 GBP in savings plus sufficient funds to pay for your travel costs?

Do you wish to work in the UK for up to 24 months?

If you are a citizen of Hong Kong, the Republic of Korea or Taiwan, do you have your certificate of sponsorship?

Is this the first time you are travelling to the UK under the Youth Mobility Scheme?

Can't become an Au Pair in the UK? Find out more about other host countries.


As an Au Pair, your primary responsibility is to look after the host family's children. Alongside childcare, you may be asked to help out with light household chores as part of your duties. Clarify with your host family what your exact duties as an Au Pair will be, and ensure these are well defined in an Au Pair contract.

Pocket money

According to the Home Office, Au Pairs in the UK receive 80-85 GBP per week.

Room and board

Private room and main meals will be provided for by the Host Family for free.

Working hours

Au pairs in the UK usually work 30 hours per week, babysitting included.

Time off

Before you start working for your host family, you should discuss how many days and evenings you will get off and when these will be with each other.


There are no consistent regulations concerning an Au Pairs paid holidays. You should clarify with your host family how much holiday you will be entitled to. Our recommendation is that an Au Pair gets 4 weeks off if their stay is 12 month. 

In the UK there are no official regulations on public holidays for Au Pairs. We recommend that Au Pairs have a day off on public holidays. Only in exceptional cases should Au Pairs work on public holidays. The host family should discuss this with their Au Pair beforehand.

Language course

During your stay as an Au Pair in the UK, you should participate in an English course. Normally Au Pairs pay for this themselves. 

Travel expenses

It is expected that you pay for your flights to and from the UK. 

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