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

Very reasonable. Depending on your situation any type of help is available: gardener, driver, cook, nanny, housekeeper, etc. - May 2019


Inexpensive and about $300 a month for a full-time employee. I had hired a maid, but had problems with theft and absenteeism and have been managing on my own since with a part-time maid only. I prefer to drive myself or use Uber. Some folks manage on their own and other expats I know (particularly families) are running "Downton Abbey" at their residence with nannies, gardeners, drivers and maids at some significant expense. Don't be surprised if hired help asks you for large loans as you are the wealthy expat. Any hired help will likely require some hands-on training. - Aug 2018


Household help is available and affordable (200-400 USD/month for full-time work, depending on the job, hours, etc.) but not the same quality you are probably used to at previous posts. Expect to spend quite a bit of time and energy setting expectations and giving direction, and expect for that to be only 50% effective. Many expats employ a driver and housekeeper and/or nanny full time, and a gardener part-time. Part-time housekeepers are also available. - May 2018


Widely available and cheap. They will come to you and ask to be hired. - May 2016


Very inexpensive. People generally hire a housekeeper/cook, driver, and nanny if they have children. I generously pay a part-time housekeeper/cook approximately US$225 per month. Domestic help often appreciate overtime pay. - May 2016


Cheap and reliable. - May 2015


We paid US$200/month each for a full-time nanny and driver. It is not easy to hire a honest worker though. - Mar 2015


Household help is inexpensive. Many people had a housekeeper and/or nanny, and a driver. Salaries were increasing but when we were there it was about US$200 for a full-time nanny or driver. CLO keeps a list of people that have worked for consulate families in the past, and many employees hire help based on these references. - Oct 2014


Very inexpensive. - Oct 2014


This was another challenge, readily available but extraordinarily specialized. We had a gardener, driver, nanny/cook and housekeeper. Oh the drama, be careful who you hire, say good-bye to your personal space and boundaries and buckle up for an adventure. Depending on the size of your family you will need some staff to help you navigate the daily grind of living in India. My advice, find good people, pay them well (find out the average wage and pay more), pay OT and listen to them, they have seen countless foreigners flounder in India and they have good advice if you take the time to listen, many people don't. Also expect drama, fights among the staff, requests for loans and all kinds of other things, it's all part of the package. - Jun 2014


Lots of domestic help available - drivers, gardeners, cooks, nannies, cleaners... and all very affordable. - May 2014


Household help is easy to find and inexpensive. You can hire a nanny or housekeeper or driver for about US$200-250 a month. We were lucky enough to find employees we were happy with from the very beginning. However, some people take a while before finding the right fit. - Aug 2013


Domestic help is both available and inexpensive but don't expect the same type of service that you would get in the western world. That being said, we have really enjoyed having household help. Salaries are rising rapidly. - Jul 2012


It is easy to find domestic help. They're typically not as reliable as some other nationalities we've worked with. - Aug 2011


Domestic help is plentiful and inexpensive. Under $200 a month for a full time maid/cook. A little more for a full time driver. - Jun 2010


Plentiful -- approx $150/mo for a housekeeper. $200 for a driver. - Sep 2009


Full time cook/maid/housekeeper - INR 5000/month = US$125/month. - Mar 2009


Most expats hire a gardener (US$50-$90 depending on the size of the yard), a driver (US$120-$200), and a maid/housekeeper (US$100-$150). - Aug 2008


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