Budapest Nanny – What to Pay Babysitters

by Barbara Petri on February 23, 2012

Finding the right person to fit in with your family and take care of your kids is not easy. Finding a long-term babysitter may be even more difficult, because you have to be patient with them in the first few weeks and give them time to get used to your routines and needs. Offering them a proper salary will help this process along a great deal! In this post I will cover babysitter and nanny pay rates, holidays and termination.

If you are only hiring a babysitter to come by a couple times a week for a few hours, then a contract is not really necessary. You pay an hourly rate, and usually pay in cash at the end of each babysitting session, but this depends on what you agree with the babysitter. In this case, you will not need to worry about paying the babysitter on public holidays, overtime, or when you go on vacation. The going hourly rate for English-speaking babysitters is between 1,200 and 2,000 HUF. For both babysitters and nannies it is generally understood that if they work past 9 pm, the cost of the taxi home will be covered by the employer.

If you are planning on hiring a nanny full time (40-45 hours a week) or a live-in nanny, then a contract is necessary and you will have to work out payment terms for public holidays and family vacations. In most cases nannies are paid by the hour, but this should also be something you discuss specifically with the nanny if you’d like to pay a monthly rate. The hourly pay for English-speaking nannies is the same as for occasional babysitters, between 1,200 to 2,000 HUF per hour (5 to 10 USD). This can include light housekeeping and grocery shopping, which should be clarified in the contract as well. On a monthly basis this means paying anywhere between 240,000 to 280,000 HUF.

Usually sitters work according to the family’s yearly schedule, meaning that they are available to work on Hungarian national holidays as well if the parent’s working schedule is not based on the Hungarian calendar. According to Hungarian state laws, employees must be paid one-and-a-half times their regular pay if they work overtime and double their regular pay if working weekends.

Another important detail that you have to discuss is payment during the Summer or during family holidays. You have to decide how much the nanny’s pay will be if you go abroad without them (usually it’s half their salary) and what the rate will be if the nanny goes with you. If you take the nanny with you on holiday, usually they receive their normal pay rate, plus you must cover their cost for travel, room and board.

Lastly, if you have a full-time nanny on contract, the termination period is also important. Generally both sides should give minimum one, maximum two months notice. It is very important that this also appears on the contract. The contract doesn’t have to be very official, even an email printed out or a handwritten agreement works, just make sure it is signed by both of you.

The next post will cover tips on how to introduce a nanny or babysitter into your daily routines and how to plan your first few days together.


I`ve been a nanny in Budapest working for foreign families since 2006. I have met people from many different backgrounds, babysat for kids of all ages and have experienced a lot about what it means to become part of a family, and having the patience to handle not only many different types of children, but their parents too. Since 2011 I`m a blessed mom of a precious little boy, and have come to know firsthand `the other side of the coin` (to directly translate an expression from Hungarian). Now I`m back to work part time with my son tagging along. I`m happy to answer any nanny- or baby-related questions. I’m also happy to help moms find cleaning services, drivers, gardeners or any other help around the house.