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

Household staff is widely available and quite affordable. Most expatriates here have at least a part-time cook or driver. Staff used to have "ayahs" to help with the kids, but since families are no longer allowed at post, they are no longer necessary. - Apr 11, 2017
Widely available and very inexpensive. Most expats have a driver and some sort of household help (maid, ayah, and/or cook). - Jun 17, 2016
Readily available and gloriously inexpensive. - May 18, 2016
Good and cheap. - Jun 20, 2015
Available and affordable...on average US$200 a month for a full time employee. - Sep 29, 2014
Plentiful and cheap. We had a full time maid/nanny, gardener, and driver. I think this costs us close to US$400 per month. - Aug 3, 2014
Readily available; pay depends on hours and experience, but roughly US$150-250/month for a full time servant, nanny, driver, or cook. Locals pay their staff less and work them harder, inhumane by western standards, so it's easy to find good help if you know where to look, because expats are the preferred employers. - Jul 28, 2014
Very available and very affordable. I pay US$115/month for a housekeeper/cook to come six half-days a week. The Embassy newsletter is teeming with ads for gardeners, nannies, drivers, and cooks. People have no trouble finding and affording domestic help (and all residences have maid's quarters if you want someone to live in). - Aug 9, 2013
Very cheap and readily available at less than $100/month for a housekeeper who works 5 days a week. - Apr 11, 2013
Very affordable and very plentiful. We had resumes at our apt before we even arrived. The embassy keeps a list of available workers as well. We have a gardener, a driver and a housekeeper/ayah for under $350 a month. All work 6 days a week from about 8AM to 6PM. - Aug 14, 2011
Cheap!One of the best parts about Bangladesh. My housekeeper, for example, is paid about $125/month. She works seven days a week, 12 hours a day. Drivers are a bit more, due to their high demand. Gardeners, housekeepers, nannies, all easily hired and usually very trustworthy. - Jun 25, 2011
Very, very inexpensive.$80-$150/month for just about anything, full time. Alternatively, maybe $1-$1.50 an hour for part time. - Feb 8, 2011
Cooks, cleaners, drivers, day guards, and nannies are available and cheap and cost less than $200/month. - Jan 29, 2011
low cost and plentiful. - Jan 7, 2011
Cheap and readily available, although quality varies and trust issues abound. Be very careful and selective about the help you hire. - Oct 25, 2010
Very affordable. Most expats have a cook, a gardener and a driver. - Apr 27, 2010
Very available and inexpensive--about $110-175/person each month for full-time work. Many expats have drivers, housekeepers/cooks, nannies, and gardeners/guards. - Oct 30, 2009
Very affordable. Most people have at least a part time housekeeper. Many people have a cook, housekeeper/, gardener, and driver. Most wages are between $100-$150 per month per person. - Aug 6, 2009
Plentiful. Cooks/maids, drivers, and ayas are US$100-200/month. It is almost necessary to have a cook/maid for shopping and cleaning your enormous apartment/house. - Mar 13, 2009
Very cheap but finding staff that speak good English can be a challenge. - Oct 27, 2008
Plentiful and inexpensive. Most people have multiple domestics both male and female. - Mar 2, 2008
It's available but the quality varies. Most people employ at least two people - some three or four. - Feb 24, 2008