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Key Considerations Before Starting the Search for a Nanny or a Nanny Housekeeper

Nanny Wanted!

Plan ahead and clearly define the responsibilities and expectations associated with the role of a nanny and/or housekeeper.  Outlining your expectations will help in finding a candidate whose skills and experience align with your needs.

  1. Are you primarily seeking someone to care for your children, with light household chores as a secondary duty? Or 

  2. Do you require a more even balance between childcare and housekeeping tasks?

The qualifications and experience you desire in a nanny-housekeeper: Specific certifications such as CPR training; early childhood education, newborn experience, valid driver's license, pet-friendly, etc.

Minimum Wage and Working Conditions:

-Ideal Start:

-Number of hours per week: Part-Time or Full-time (40-45 hours per week)

-Long-term/ medium term 1-2 years, short-term

-Overtime: Ocasional extra babysitting, weekend assistant.

-Travel with your family? How often?

-Specific rules or guidelines within your household. 

-Salary offer:

-If it is a live-in position, do you offer a private bedroom and bathroom, separate independent accommodation or shared accommodation with other staff?

Social charges are paid by the employer and employee. The total of the two comes to around 15% of the salary and it varies by canton. Information on social security payments can be found here in English.

The working conditions of persons performing domestic duties such as cleaning, cooking, gardening and childcare are regulated by the standard employment contract (CTT) in force in the employer's canton of residence.

The standard employment contracts in force for the cantons of Geneva, Vaud, Basel-Stadt and Bern, which include the mandatory minimum wages, are available online 

  • Provide an employment contract

  • Register as an employer

  • Pay Employer's Social Insurance Contributions

  • Have accident insurance in place

  • Enrol the employee into a second pillar pension scheme

  • Deduct taxes when your nanny is liable to pay tax at source

  • Provide your nanny/housekeeper with a salary certificate at the end of the year. 

Please feel free to reach out to our agency. We will be happy to assist you!

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