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What is the availability and cost of household help, and what types of help are typically employed by expatriates?
Cost of housekeepers varies. Just expect that you'll pay more as a foreigner, but you should also be firm so as not to be taken advantage of. Housekeepers range from $125-175/month for F/T and less for part-time.
A driver is a must here. Most of us have them 10 hours/day, 6 days/week and pay average of $250-300/month. - Nov 18, 2017
Everyone hires a driver, as traffic, road and driving conditions are illogical and dangerous. The traffic rules that are normal to us Westerners do not apply here. People also hire a full time or part time housekeeper/nanny. Costs are US$250 - $300 for each plus overtime pay. Quality is often not great; it takes a while to find the right person. - Sep 20, 2016
Very, very inexpensive. I have a driver and a housekeeper (daily and 3 times/week) for about US$250/month. I didn't think I'd get a housekeeper at first, but it's really, really nice and easily affordable. - Mar 16, 2015
Everyone has a driver and a housekeeper/nanny. Costs are reasonable, between US$200 - $250 per month. - Jan 18, 2015
Variable quality but very cheap. US$200 to $300 a month for maids, cooks, drivers, etc. - Nov 20, 2014
Highly available and fairly cheap. About $200-300 month for a good fulltime maid/cook. Same cost for drivers. Quality varies widely. - Jul 18, 2014
Drivers, maids, and nannies are readily available, but it can be difficult to find reliable, skilled people. Westerners tend to pay more than Indians for domestic help, expecting them to speak English and be punctual. A maid who can cook Western food will be paid a bit higher. We pay our driver $200/month and our maid $150/month. This is average among the officers. - Mar 2, 2012
Reasonable. A few hundred dollars a month can provide for a driver and a housekeeper. Nannies are also widely available. Expats tend to pay more than Indians for their domestic help and someone who can speak English and cook Western food will garner a slightly higher wage. - Feb 27, 2012
Widely available and worth every rupee. Maids/cooks/nannies are $100-$150 per month, drivers are $200-$250. - Jan 11, 2011