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

Available and affordable. Not as cheap as in the Gulf, but you can hire Turks or Filipinos here and they do a decent job. - Oct 19, 2017
Household help runs around $50 - $60 a day. Most people have a housekeeper that comes once a week. A few folks have nannies but I don't know what they cost as I don't have kids at this point. - Sep 21, 2017
Household help is usually around $50 - $60 a day. Most people don't have full time help. As long as you keep their hours below 20 a week you avoid a lot of the headache that comes with being an employer. - Jun 8, 2017
More expensive than other places we've been. We have a full time housekeeper and nanny and pay her US$10/hour. - Sep 27, 2016
Available for about $50 per day, could negotiate a better deal if hiring someone full time. - Jun 14, 2016
Locally available help, but the Ministry of Foreign Affairs recently made the requirements much more formal, so no more cash for service set-ups. - Aug 2, 2015
Available, about US$60 a day for a full day of house cleaning. Unsure of child care costs. - Apr 2, 2015
It is available. Many have someone come once a week to help out. We have not hired anyone - not really a need with a tiny apartment. - Feb 14, 2015
Cleaners are about US$55 a day. - Jun 10, 2014
Available. Around US$50 a day - Apr 4, 2014
About US$50-70 a day. US$1,000 a month for full time help. This is not a 3rd world country and you get what you pay for. - Mar 31, 2014
Available and decently priced. - Mar 30, 2014
Not as cheap as you would think. Usually anywhere from US$50 to $80 per day, plus transportation costs. - Jul 28, 2013
Most people have a housekeeper for one day a week. It is reasonable ($50-60). - Aug 4, 2011
Domestic help is easy to find here. We pay 40 dollars a week for one day during the week. - Jul 14, 2010