Au Pair in Manila


An au pair is in charge of taking care of the children and lives within the home of the family. The au pair is provided accommodation, meals and a salary. The family gains a loving caretaker for their children and an addition to the family. Expats are more likely to employ au pairs.

Au Pair in the Philippines

The term au pair is not commonly used in the Philippines. Nanny or the local terms "yaya" or "kasambahay" are used instead.

What the Au Pair Must Know

Typical requirements are:

  • Be conversant in Filipino and/or English
  • Be at least 18 years of age or higher as evidenced by a duly authenticated birth certificate or any other document showing age
  • Be in good physical and mental condition as evidenced by a medical or health certificate issued by a local government health officer
  • Provide a barangay clearance, police clearance and National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) clearance

In addition to these requirements, it is common for families to ask for females, non-smokers and non-drinkers and responsible individuals.

The Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) regulates the industry according to provisions stated in the law.

What the Family Has To Do

The family has to welcome the au pair in thinking that she is not just an employee, but an important part of the family. Therefore:

  • The au pair must have sleeping arrangements that ensure safety.
  • The au pair must be provided at least three adequate meals a day.
  • The au pair shall be entitled to an aggregate daily rest period of eight hours per day and at least 24 consecutive hours of rest per week.
  • Au pairs may be asked to do some housework as agreed upon in the contract.
  • The family should pay at least the minimum wage or a higher salary, with the specific amount written into the contract.
  • The family should pay the premium amount or contributions for benefits such as social security and health care.
  • The family shall provide an opportunity for the au pair to finish basic education or access to alternative learning systems such as technical or vocational training.

An excellent place to look for a nanny is on EasyExpat's job listings. You can also ask questions and find advice on the forums or network.


If hired through an agency, the agency usually guides the au pair through the process. Otherwise, the au pair will have to apply for a Work Visa. For more information on visas in general, consult the section on "Passport and Visas".

Update 9/06/2016


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