Size: 242,495 sq km (93,628 sq mi)
Population: 65,110,000
Capital: London
Language: English
Currency: Pound sterling (GBP)

Average au pair salary: 70 – 85 GBP/ week

Visa needed: Tier 5 visa (only for non EU & EFTA residents)

Top 5 largest cities

  1. London
  2. Birmingham
  3. Leeds
  4. Glasgow
  5. Sheffield

IAPA certified au pair agencies

Au pairs usually sign up with an agency in their home country that has partnered up with an agency in their host country. So for example: when I was an au pair in Australia I first signed up with an agency in The Netherlands that partnered up with the Smart Au Pairs agency in Australia. The Dutch agency helped me with the matching process and everything before I left, then after I arrived in Australia the Australian agency took over and I had to contact them for help. You can ask the agency in your home country who their partner is in your host country. If you’re not sure which agency to choose in your home country then you can have a look at the IAPA website.

Here are the IAPA certified au pair agencies in the UK:

Facebook groups

Facebook groups are a great way to meet other au pairs. If you’re living in a remote area that has no Facebook group for au pairs you might want to try other ways like (not specifically to meet other au pairs, but still good to meet like minded people and a great way to meet some locals!).

Here are some of the largest au pair Facebook groups in the UK:

Day in the life of an au pair in the UK

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