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In Switzerland private employment and temporary recruitment are governed. When using an agency in your search for a family, nanny, newborn care specialist or au pair always make sure the agency has the correct licenses in place to operate in Switzerland!

SNA is a voluntary membership organization only open to nanny agencies with the required license to operate in Switzerland, have a look at our Agency Members here :


The details:

Placement activities are regulated by the Confederation through three legal acts:

  • The Federal Law on Employment and Labor Leasing (Loi fédérale sur le service de l’emploi et la location de services, LSE).

  • The Ordinance on Employment and Labor Leasing (l’ordonnance sur le service de l’emploi et la location de services, OSE).

  • The Ordinance on Wages, Commissions and Securities provided for by the Law on Employment (l’ordonnance sur les émoluments, commissions et sûretés prévus par la loi sur le service de l’emploi, Oemol-LSE).

What is considered placement?

  • A person is deemed to be providing a placement service if he or she introduces job-seekers and hirers for the purpose of concluding a contract of employment.

  • Any person who gives a hirer an indication that a contract might be concluded is deemed to be providing a placement service. Whether a contract is subsequently concluded is immaterial.

  • Introduction includes not only the establishment of contacts in the office of the placement agency, placement can take place through the internet, printed media, telephone, television, radio,..

Placement includes:

  • Seeking out and selecting possible parties to a contract.

  • Making available a medium through which one party to a contract can make public that he or she is seeking a position or has a position to fill (for example by means of an Internet search engine).

  • Offer a job-seeker the opportunity to advertise his or her personal details

Recruitment agencies established outside Swiss territory are :

  • Not authorized to recruit for jobs in Switzerland.

  • Not allowed to recruit job seekers in Switzerland for jobs abroad.

Liability and fines

Agencies without a valid license and agencies established outside Swiss territory involved in recruitment activities with relevance to Switzerland are liable to fines of up to CHF 100 000.

Employer who use the services of a non-authorized agency are liable to fines of up to CHF 40 000.


Federal Act on Employment Services and the Hiring of Services (AVG/LSE): https://www.admin.ch/opc/fr/classified-compilation/19890206/201804170000/823.11.pdf

The Ordinance on Employment Services and the Hiring of Services (AVV/OSE) https://www.admin.ch/opc/fr/classified-compilation/19910007/201807010000/823.111.pdf

The Ordinance on Fees, Commissions and Sureties under the Law on the Employment Service and the Hiring of Services (GV-AVG/TE- LSE)

Updated: Feb 16

When families are looking to hire a caregiver for their child, they are often confused with all the terms used online and by friends.

For in-home child carers the descriptions in job advertisements are confusing and unclear. This might be considered a detail, but both sides risk to miss out on the perfect match, simply because the wrong term is used!

Although all in-home childcare services are considered domestic work in Switzerland, there are differences, we will go deeper into this in another blog post.

SNA shares the definitions used by the International Nanny Association to describe various in-home child care jobs.


A nanny is a child care specialist whose workplace is a family’s private home. A nanny is employed by a family to provide the highest level of customized child care and to give personalized attention to the family’s children.

A nanny may be employed full time or part time, and the nanny may or may not live with the family. The nanny’s role is to provide support to the family by serving as a loving, nurturing and trustworthy companion to the children.

Ideally, a nanny will have specialized child care skills, a deep understanding of children and a genuine love of caring for children.

A nanny is a person whose primary and sometimes only function is limited to caring for the children.

New born care Specialist

Highly specialized and trained in-home childcare provider who focuses on the care and well-being of the newborn: I.e., the first 12-16 weeks of life.

In Switzerland New Born care Specialists can be either self employed or hired as a temporary employee.


An educationally qualified nanny employed by a family for the full- or part-time private home education or tutoring of the family’s children. A governess functions as an educator and is not usually employed to perform domestic tasks or to meet the physical needs of the family’s children.


Young ( under 25 years of age) people who provide occasional, supervisory, custodial childcare.

Occasional childcare performed by a person over the age of 25: the work needs to be declared from the first hour worked, the ctt always applies in Geneva, in other cantons only for regular work ( over 5 hours a week, average).

Au Pairs

The au pair program is a cultural exchange program, a very specific program with particular demands for both au pairs and host families. Therefore, both parties will need to adhere to and respect all definitions, rules and regulations stipulated.

As the school year is soon coming to an end, we see many families have started searching for a summer nanny.

A nanny is a great solution for childcare during the long summer holidays.

A nanny can provide tailored care specific to your families needs.

Your children can follow your family’s routines while discovering new games and places.

As always, SNA promotes quality childcare standards.

With many outings and water activities planned in summer, First Aid and CPR are essential!

Screening someone for a temporary position is as important as hiring a long term employee, your summer nanny will be just as responsible for your kids as a long term nanny.

What are the procedures that must be followed to hire a nanny on a short term basis?

The same rules apply for short term work as for long term work:

  • Private households may only employ Swiss citizens, persons with a residency permit or EU/EFTA citizens

  • All hours worked in a private household need to be declared to the compensation office. (The only exception are young people, born between 1994 and 2001 earning less then CHF 750.- a year).

  • When the monthly salary exceeds CHF 1777.50, pension fund contributions must also be paid, i.e. the employer must join a pension fund. Foreign employees must also pay withholding tax, which the employer has to deduct from their salary and settle with the relevant tax authority.

  • An accident insurance policy is obligatory by law. A non-work related accident insurance policy will be required if your nanny works more than eight hours a week.

  • If the position lasts a maximum of 3 months or 90 days in the calendar year, the employer has to register the employee online.


What about Au Pairs?

To hire a summer au pair, all criteria of the au pair program need to be met. In short these are: maximum 30h a week of which only 15 can be solo care, language classes are usual and the focus needs to be on the cultural exchange.

Au Pairs need to be declared and registered the same as nannies.

Is all this administrative work really required for just a few weeks of childcare?

Yes, all the admin work is needed, regardless the length of the position.

Our partner quitt.ch can take the administrative burden out of your hands, you can be sure that your summer nanny/au pair is hired legally and all legal requirements are fulfilled.

quitt.ch also provides a work contract template to establish an effective working relationship between you and your nanny.

Special offer:

To support our work as SNA and your peace of mind as employer of a summer nanny, quitt.ch offers you a 3-month premium abo for a flat-rate tarif of 329 CHF, by using the following code: SummerNanny2019.

Please note: You can only enter the code after successful registration – under “payments” in your personal myquitt- area.