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

There is lots of help, usually cheap, US$100 a month for 3 days a week. Some people do have full-time help who will shop and cook for them and that of course will run much more. Finding good help can be a real challenge. - Aug 2019


Pricing depends on what you are willing to pay. We think it's important to pay a living wage, so paid more than others in the community. Expatriates have household help, nannies and cooks. - Aug 2019


Household help is inexpensive. People use nannies, housekeepers, gardeners, cooks, car washers and dog walkers. Quality of service is low. - Aug 2019


Readily available but the quality varies greatly so look for recommendations. Driver, housekeeper, nanny is typical each around $300/mth plus extras like school fees etc etc. - Nov 2017


Very inexpensive - most have house cleaners, some have cooks, drivers, nannies, gardeners as well. - Jun 2016


I had a housekeeper who came once a week to clean house, do laundry, iron and a few other chores, and I paid her US$100 per month. I also had a person who washed my car three times a week for US$30 per month. Finding domestic help is easy, finding someone who can consistently do the quality of work you want can be more time consuming. - Aug 2015


Readily available but skill set, reading ability, and hygeine vary. You can get a full time housekeeper for US$200 a month. Some for much less, but with less skill and reliablility. - Dec 2013


For domestic help, you will be hounded more than likely by the guards or housekeepers working for other families if they find out you don't have one. I've heard them ranging from $150 to $300 a month for a Mon-Fri work. - Dec 2012


High unemployment = lots of people looking for work. Finding help that is dependable and are literate can be challenging. But the CLO has a list of those who have experience. Usually incoming officers adopt/hire staff of outgoing officers. Prices vary - you get what you pay for! Anywhere from $150 - $400 to have someone come every day. - Aug 2010


Full-time help (cooking, cleaning, laundry, etc) will cost about $200-250/month. - Jul 2009


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