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What is the availability and cost of household help, and what types of help are typically employed by expatriates?

This is a touchy area; because of the socialist/petro economy, and social conservatism, there is discrimination against housekeepers etc. For example nannies typically must be home by dark, which is tough on tandem-employed spouses Typical wages for a one-day a week housekeeper who do laundry and/or groceries/cooking on top of cleaning is about $35-40 per visit. - Sep 19, 2016
Household help is available and is fairly cheap. Quality is mixed. Housekeepers are either passed on from Embassy employees or people hire cleaning people at the Embassy. Housekeepers can cook, buy groceries, and do laundry in addition to cleaning. We pay our maid about $30 to come once a week and cook/clean. Nannies are a little tougher given the recent explosion of kids at post (4 kids in fall 2014 to 32 in spring 2016) and a good nanny can be tough to find. - Jun 9, 2016
Inexpensive. We pay our nanny about US$450/month and that's more than we need to. - Mar 15, 2014
Domestic help is widely available, but is all Algerian. Quality can be decent but spotty, and you can expect to pay well for good help. - Dec 18, 2011
Not sure. Wouldn't expect it to cost too much though - Sep 23, 2008
It's difficult to find trustworth domestics but it's very cheap. - May 9, 2008
Domestic help is available, not that good and expensive (US$400 or so per month for a cleaner/cook). - Mar 4, 2008
Good help is available even nanny help has been fabulous. The Americans tend to pay higher than anyone else, so expect to pay around US$300-400 a month. - Mar 3, 2008
Widely available and fairly reasonably priced. Our nanny was US$400/month (and I paid too much I found out later) and maid is 1000dzd (about US$15) per visit. - Feb 25, 2008