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

It is widely available. Mostly Filipinos and some Russian help. Cost is approximately $10USD per hour. - Oct 31, 2017
Mainly Filipinos with some Russians mixed in. Not sure of the cost as I don't use them, but it is cheaper than DC. - Sep 26, 2016
Plenty of help available. Cost varies greatly. - May 17, 2016
It is available, however, you have to be responsible for health insurance and paid vacations if they are employed full-time. - Jun 30, 2015
A lot of people on the compound had a nanny and/or a part-time housekeeper to help around their residences. We didn't just because our apartment was so small. - Oct 14, 2014
Definitely available. - Feb 17, 2014
I pay about about US$30 for 4 hours of cleaning, from a Philippina. - Jul 28, 2013
Available and relatively expensive. We have a cleaner from the Phillipines for a half-day every week for $50. That seems to be the going rate for Filipinas. Russian cleaners may be cheaper. - Jul 18, 2013
Very plentiful Filipino and Russian domestic help, charging US$8-10 per hour. They range from fantastic to awful. You have to be thorough when you are hiring. - Jan 13, 2013
Available, yes. Cost, unknown. - Mar 14, 2012
We have a Russian house-keeper who comes 3x a week for about four hours, and who cooks and cleans. We pay her about $7 an hour (the ruble equivalent). You can also hire Filipina help, but they charge more and you have to make sure their visa allows them to work. Lots of people have full-time nannies. - May 29, 2011
Available but pricey. - Jan 1, 2011
Domestic help is available and reasonable. - Jul 31, 2010
The numbers are here, but the quality is not. About $40 for 1/2 day. - May 22, 2010
I paid about 700 rubles for a once-a-week cleaning. It was plenty for me. There is a HUGE Filipino community in Moscow, and recommendations are plentiful. Some people prefer to hire a Russian housekeeper, as they are a bit cheaper, but many don't speak English. - May 5, 2010
Many options, and costs are low. It helps a lot if you can speak Russian though. - Feb 13, 2010
We don't need it, but there is a small community of Filipino housekeepers and nannies that service the Embassy community for a reasonable cost. - Jan 23, 2010
Don't know. We clean our own house. - Nov 6, 2009
We pay someone 1000 (around $33) rubles a day to clean our house. And she's amazing. There is a Filipino contingent at the NEC that will help you out. Russian help also very nice and helpful at the same price. - Oct 24, 2009
Available, around $10 per hour for a housekeeper - Aug 29, 2009
I'm really unsure of this because we didn't use domestic help. Many people do and it's readily available. - Aug 22, 2009
$8-10 per hour. - Jul 12, 2009
Many Russians and Filipinos have been working for embassy families for years. Nannies average US$1,000/month and domestic help ranges depending on hours and services. - Aug 25, 2008