What is the availability and cost of household help, and what types of help are typically employed by expatriates?
We employed a nanny and a housekeeper, as did many other people. We paid about $600 per month for the full-time nanny and if I'm recalling correctly, about $25 per day for the part-time person who worked 4-5 hours per day twice a week. Note that labor laws there are EXCELLENT for the worker and when you leave, you will pay a significant amount in severance and unused vacation days, partial annual bonus, etc. Do the math and see if it's worth it for you, but I can't complain when a system helps the worker! Also you'll have to physically go to the post office and send them a telegram with the date you'll leave which is a quaint but annoying detail. HR at the Embassy has all the details to walk you through all the employment details. - Jul 2020
Very available and very reasonable. There are reputable services where people can find household help, or you can find advertisements on Facebook groups or through personal (or business) networks. Our current domestic helper has been with us for two years, and we found her through her previous boss, who was a friend/colleague. We pay her about $500 USD/month; this is high compared to the legal going rate. - Jul 2019
It is less then in the U.S. but more than other Latin American countries. - Jun 2015
Labor laws here are very protective of domestic help and make it difficult and tricky, though not impossible to have a nanny or housekeeper. Make sure you understand the labor laws and manage your own and the employee's expectations. This a "sue happy" culture in which the man, i.e. the employer, never wins! - Aug 2014
Easily available and used to be quite inexpensive, but everything is going up. - Aug 2011
Help is available, we pay about $5 an hour. - May 2011
Very available & very inexpensive. - Jul 2008