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Summer Aupairs from Weplaceaupairs in 2016
When do you have to register as an Employer and how much Tax and NI do you have to pay on behalf of your Employee?? tax year 2012-2013
Applying for a National Insurance Number
Childcare Vouchers and Nannies, Mother's Helps, Aupairs
Mother's Helps and National Insurance contributions


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Summer Aupairs from Weplaceaupairs in 2016

Summer is coming and most of us are planning our holidays. The children's school holiday will start on Monday 25th July 2016 (last day at school should be Friday 22nd July 2016) and the school will start again on Monday 5th September 2016. That totals to 6 weeks of no school !! fun for kids but not us parents. Not everybody is lucky enough to have parents who are willing to look after grandchildren for 6 weeks. Majority of parents I met are struggling with childcare during the summer and the spaces in local summer clubs are limited.

When do you have to register as an Employer and how much Tax and NI do you have to pay on behalf of your Employee?? tax year 2012-2013

As mentioned in the previous article once certain conditions are satisfied host family has to register with HRMC as an employer.
As an employer you have a legal obligation to operate PAYE on the payments you make to your employees if their earnings reach the National Insurance Lower Earnings Limit (LEL). For the tax year 2012-13 this is £107 a week, £464 a month or £5,564 a year
How much National Insurance you have to pay for your employee?

Applying for a National Insurance Number

Applying for a National Insurance Number with our Aupair Agency
If you have just started working in the UK you must apply for a National Insurance Number by contacting the National Insurance Registrations Helpline on Tel 0845 915 7006. Lines are open 8.30 am to 5.00 pm Monday to Friday.
What happens when you apply for a National Insurance number
Jobcentre Plus will arrange an 'Evidence of Identity' interview for you or send you a postal application.

Childcare Vouchers and Nannies, Mother's Helps, Aupairs

Two types of financial support are available under the Ofsted regsiter which came into force in April 2007: working tax credits and employer-supported childcare vouchers.
Many nanny employers will not benefit from the working tax credit as only households with a combined family income of £59,000 or less will qualify.
However, it is expected that employer-supported childcare vouchers will become a popular way for parents to make a substantial saving, as this form of tax relief is available to all parents, regardless of income.

Mother's Helps and National Insurance contributions

The amount and type of National Insurance contributions you pay depend on whether you're employed or self-employed and how much you earn. The rates shown below are for the 2011-12 tax year.
If you're employed you pay Class 1 National Insurance contributions. The rates are:
  • if you earn more than £139 a week and up to £817 a week, you pay 12 per cent of the amount you earn between £139 and £817

Registering as an Employer when hiring a Mother's Help

You don't necessarily need to register as an employer once you take someone on. Check first that at least one of the following conditions applies to you. If any apply, then you need to register:
  • the employee already has another job
  • they are receiving a state or occupational pension
  • you're paying them at or above the PAYE threshold (http://www.hmrc.gov.uk/paye/rates-thresholds.htm)
  • you're paying them at or above the National Insurance Lower Earnings Limit (

How to interview Aupairs

How to interview Aupairs ?? I am sure that everybody has their own technique but what is the most important is that you like the person that you want to employ as they are going to not only work for you but also live in your home. I always say that it's important that the Aupairs is smiley, friendly and keen to work for you, that's always a good start.
When you phone your Aupair first time, you need to assess what is the actual level of their English. Please speak slowly and clearly, and to start with ask only very basic and simple questions

Interviewing Aupairs

Many host families interview the Aupairs via Skype as it is free and allows you to speak to the Aupair and see them at the same time. Many many years ago, before the internet and emails, families could only interview Aupairs on the phone. However these days the interviewing Aupairs is much easier as you can not only interview them on the phone but also via skype where you can see the Aupair whilst speaking to her. Emails also allow families to send Aupairs more information about the duties, responsibilities, free time, in writing, so the Aupair can read all information in their own time. We encourage all our families to send the Aupairs as much information as possible, and interview them not only on the phone  but also via Skype.

Are Aupairs employees??

Many Aupair Agencies will tell you that Aupairs are not employees but live as a part of the family. According to Wikipedia (not the most reliable source) 
the concept of the Aupair originated in Europe after World War II. Before the war, an abundant supply of domestic servants had been available to look after the children of middle and upper class families, but changes in social attitudes, and increases in wages and taxes after the war, made the old system inaccessible to most middle class parents. At the same time, social change increased the number of middle class girls who needed to earn their own living, and rising educational aspirations for girls made experiencing foreign cultures and learning foreign languages more common aspirations.

Summer Aupairs From Weplaceaupairs

Summer Aupairs from Weplaceaupairs is great childcare solution. Normally during the school year Aupairs apply for 8-12 months stay but during the summer season we also place summer Aupairs. Summer Aupairs are short term Aupairs who are willing to stay from 4-12 weeks. The advantage of having a summer Aupair is that they can work full time, so you do not have to take any time off from work when the children have their summer holidays. Aupairs will look after the children, play games with them, take them to the park, swimming, cinema, supervise them at home, cooking for them, and some housework as well.
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