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

Not as cheap as you might expect. Ecuador has pretty strict and protective labor laws. You will pay more for the help than in other countries, plus a 13th and 14th month bonus, plus a generous severance when you leave the country. - Feb 2019

It's affordable. Part-time domestic help will run about $160 a month, plus insurance for the maid (usually 40 dollars per month). Full time help is about $300 or more per month plus the health insurance for the maid. - Jun 2013

Plenty. - May 2013

Relatively cheap and widely available. - Jan 2012

Local help is about $190/month but there are legal requirements, and contracts so know what you're getting into. - Jan 2012

Very cheap and readily available. - Aug 2011

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