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

Very affordable. Difficult to find an English-speaking helper in general. - Aug 7, 2017
Domestic help is quite inexpensive, but it is difficult to find someone who speaks English. - May 18, 2016
Most families hire a part-time to full-time "ayi" to do housekeeping and maybe some childcare. We paid on the high end of the scale for our part-time housekeeper and spent a little over US$200 a month I believe. Our housekeeper was absolutely wonderful and super diligent and thorough. She did not speak English but with some basic Chinese we communicated and got along very well. Few ayis will speak fluent English, if any, though I think more and more are learning it as it's such a valuable commodity to the expat community. - Aug 2, 2013
It is getting harder to find good help as the expat population grows, but help is still affordable. - May 4, 2013