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

Household help is very inexpensive. We paid the equivalent of $30 USD for a full day of cleaning and errands. Many friends also employed cooks and nannies which are readily available. - Nov 1, 2017
Pretty cheap and pretty good. USD$50 a day for someone to clean the bejeezus out of your apartment, wash and iron your clothes, etc. Some of them will cook a dish or two if you want and are willing to forgo them spending that time detailing the grout with a toothpick. - Apr 17, 2017
It's usually easy to find good help through word of mouth at the US consulate and rates are reasonable. - Apr 11, 2017
I pay $1000 a month for a nanny and a housekeeper comes once a week for $50 a day (for 8 hours of work). - Jan 15, 2017
Cheap. - Jan 6, 2017
We don't use a domestic employee, but many people hire someone for one day a week. With the exchange rate, it's about US$40 per day. - Aug 5, 2015
It varies, the laws have just changed. Full time help is pretty affordable and very easy to find. (My experience, the average is US$600-$1000 for full time) - Aug 2, 2013
Domestic help is becoming less available and more costly every year. We paid about $320 a month for someone to clean our house and do laundry 2 times a week. That was about average at the time for US expats. - Dec 13, 2012
Widely available but expensive; we pay about US$50 per day for our maid. - Jan 25, 2012
Pretty expensive--about $600 or more a month for full-time help. - Jan 17, 2012
Very reasonable, but most people have had problems with theft. If it is full-time employment, you will pay for limited benefits also. - Jan 3, 2012
I pay R$65 every time my maid comes (about $33 bucks) and she does everything. It"s easy and cheap to find someone to live in and cook and clean, and the same to find someone to live out and do the same. - Oct 26, 2008
I pay US$40 for the maid to spend the day at my place. - Aug 14, 2008