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

Cheap and readily available. Most people have cooks/cleaners, drivers and/or nannies. Seek out recommendations before getting to post, most pass on their household help to others. It's a huge perk to have such wonderful support at home. - Dec 21, 2017
Most household help is $20.00 dollars per day with $5.00 dollars extra for their transportation. All in cash without taxes removed as this is a cash-only society. - Dec 4, 2017
We pay our gardener $50 per week and our housekeeper/nanny $100 per week. - Mar 2, 2017
The going rate is about $15-$20/day and you can find a variety of help. Many people have drivers, cooks, housekeepers, gardeners, and nannies. It's also very easy to hire someone to do a combination of these roles. - Jan 21, 2017
Tons available, but of varying quality and cost. You get what you pay for. One thing about Kinois is that they are all on the make, all the time. I don't mean that harshly -- eking out a living there is no joke. Everyone money grubs, from Ministers on down to street sweepers. It's the famous 'systeme D' (for debrouillage, or making do) of Mobutu. It's hard not to take personally, but laying things out in a contract became pretty essential. - Sep 26, 2016
Very available and quite cheap. We pay our housekeeper/nanny US$20/day, and our driver and gardener about US$15/day. The average wage for Congolese is US$2-$3/day, so it is a good wage for them. - Apr 26, 2016
Very available and quite cheap. You can easily find yourself hiring a full staff of cook, housekeeper, driver, gardner, nanny etc and then the problems are mostly personnel issues rather than financial. Contracts and clear rules are recommended to ensure staff and employers agree on duties, responsibilities, vacations, and any additional costs that may arise such as transportation fees, food allowance, school fees, medical care, etc. - Jan 6, 2014
It is extremely easy to find help, but the quality varies dramatically. English-speaking domestic employees are very hard to come by, as English proficiency is rare and highly sought after in the employment market. The basic wage is $10/day, but some people pay less and some more. You can also expect to be regularly asked to subsidize education, health care, and other expenses for a wide array of relatives. - Nov 24, 2012
Available for US$200-400 a month. - May 21, 2012
Readily available and inexpensive. - Feb 13, 2012
$15.00 a day if you can find a good one. - Nov 13, 2011
Very available, and very affordable. Reliability can be an issue - Aug 4, 2011
There is very high unemployment here. Everyone has relatives looking for work. Get recommendations, set expectations, keep valuables out of sight. - Jan 19, 2011
Plentiful. $150-$300 per month depending on how it works out. On top of salary, you normally provide something extra for transportation and lunch. Plus you pay an end-of-year bonus equal to one month. They call it, "la gratification". - Oct 16, 2010
US$10 per day for a maid, gardener or driver; you'll pay more for an experienced cook. - Jan 21, 2009