A mother of two has been beaten by her friends for paying a French au pair only $ 170 per week to care for her young children.
The woman, who has chosen to remain anonymous, told Mamamia that she decided to find a nanny at home when she returned to work full time in 2017.
Her husband worked shifts that sometimes turned into a night job and his normal hours of 8 a. M. At 5 p.m. They did not allow enough time to be home with the children.
A mother of two children was beaten by her friends for paying a French au pair, she hired only $ 170 per week to care for her young children.
So he spoke with an agency registered in France and asked an au pair to travel to Australia for six months to help the family, a viable option given that they had a free room in the house.
It also turned out to be cheaper than usual child care or a babysitter.
"It was so profitable for us that some of my friends accused us of exploiting the 22-year-old," the woman said.
You could have been right, if it had not been for the beautiful home you were in for six months while you explored our city, your two nights off a week, all your meals catered for and the use of my car during the week when I took the bus to go to work. "
Her au pair, Clare, was a welcome addition to the house and a perfect caregiver for the children of this mother, one and six years old at that time.
Her au pair, Clare, was a welcome addition to the house and a perfect carer for the children of this mother, one and six years old at the time.
They became very attached to her and even had her mother and boyfriend from France.
"We would have done anything for Clare to stay with us longer. But there are many pros and a big scam when having an au pair; he is convinced that, within a limited time, he is expected to leave the country, "he said.
Facebook commentators disagreed over whether Clare's salary was fair.
& # 39; Far below the minimum wage. I'm sure Fairwork would have something to say about it. Is that why the author remains anonymous? A woman asked.
"Hmm, I was a nanny and the au pairs are exploited … do not justify yourself by saying you gave her room and food that I had to live in a babysitter but they paid me more," said another.
"Most of the time you do not have the idyllic time you're doing."
But some could see why that amount of money was acceptable.
– What is the difference between this agreement, or paying you more than charging your board for your room and meals? If I had my own room, three meals a day, access to WiFi and a car and they would pay me a subsidy, I would be very happy, "admitted one person.
"It's much more than the maids come to Asia, the Au pair probably appreciates a job," said another.