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

Help is plentiful and ends up costing about $120 a month. Everyone has a gardener and a housekeeper. Some will also get a nanny and a cook. Often a nanny or cook will also do housekeeping. Most people employ 2-3 individuals. - Jul 21, 2017
Household help is great; housekeepers, cooks, gardeners, nannies, drivers are all available. Most houses have staff quarters and but not all people have their staff live on property. Prices vary depending on full time or part time and how many roles the staff play, how big your houses is, and how many children you have. For 2 people in a medium size house with a full time housekeeper is approx US$150-180/month and the same for a gardener. It is also often expected to provide additional money for lunch food, a uniform 2x/year, and possibility a 13th month/holiday bonus. Some staff like their salary to be pinned to the dollar since the kwacha fluctuates a lot and it's currently very low. - Oct 16, 2016
Very available and inexpensive. - Aug 2, 2015
Very affordable--between US$125-$200 per month. Do not expect proactive staff. Treasure and encourage anyone who works for you who demonstrates proactiveness as being passive is the norm. - Sep 17, 2013
Very available and very cheap. We have a nanny, a housekeeper, and a gardener. The nanny and gardener share the staff quarters on the property, so the nanny is around to babysit when we want to go out, and the gardener can water at the odd times when water is available. We pay each less than $100 a month. - Sep 26, 2012
Very available and very cheap. We had a full-time housekeeper/nanny for about $70/month and a gardener for about the same amount. - Sep 17, 2009
Capacity in Malawi is low and it is difficult to find qualified help. The good help that is available will most likely cost between $100-150/month. - Jul 27, 2009