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    HI there, I am wondering how much money people give to their housemaids or babysitters.
    Please give me exact info, if paid by hours, full days, months ...
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    Better that you ask your neighbors. Wages will vary greatly, depending on what the house owner can afford and responsibilities. Ask what the person was paid in their last employment, and seek references, preferring these from known people. Best maids are those that have worked previously in households similar to your own. You will have less explaining and teaching to do.
    How you pay will also depend on your needs, but pay by the hour is the least usual. For some people, having house help come in twice a week will be enough.
    Others will require a live-in maid. Take note that a daytime maid has the extra cost of transport.
    You are required to give two weeks time vacation and Xmas bonus.

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    I know it must depend on the city you live and many other factors, but Im just wondering how much they get, being a low level work and considering that a clerk in an office makes no more than 20k pesos month (unless many years of experience).
    I assume salary must be then really low one, about 5-10k/monthly, no more than that ...

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    We pay our two day a week helper 6,600 pesos a month in Punta Cana. She lives in Verón and covers her own transport costs.

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    More than the city, it depends on the community. In line with what Chirimoya comments on what she pays her 2 x week maid, a live-in housekeeper could easily make RD$12,000+ a month plus benefits, and in a household there could be more than one maid or house attendant.

    It is not unusual for house help to make more than office staff, even though they may barely have a grade school education.

    Many house owners will also provide for their transportation and medical needs, and help with family school needs at the start of school (uniforms, books, school supplies, backpack, etc). Other perks are uniforms, unexpected gifts for birthdays or mother's day, gifts for their children for Xmas, and gifts to help them prepare their own Xmas or New Year's dinner, in line with what she will be helping you prepare. You can go adding these perks as you become pleased with their work.

    Basically, the intention is to provide them with a minimum income so that they can afford their basics and resist the temptation to steal, and that they may be happy working with you. Good house help today is becoming more scarce.

    But it is best to ask what they were paid last, get references, and ask your neighbors for price ranges.
    Last edited by Dolores; 03-30-2012 at 01:45 PM.

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    thanks both for your info.
    Really good salary Chirimoya the one you give, taking into account it is for 2 days/week, that is higher or same than the equivalent salary for full week work for many university degree workers (the ones with not lot of experience years), your maid must be happy!

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    She says she is
    We're encouraging her to get her high school diploma (bachillerato) as she is more than capable, but we won't deny it will be a sad day for us when she leaves us for better things.

    We "share" her with another household, where she earns the same rate for 2 days, and she sometimes gets extra work on the remaining weekday. She is earning about double what she earned in her previous job as a waitress, where she worked a six-day week.

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    In countries like this one, it is amazing how much difference you can see in salaries between many different jobs. I mean that you can get shocked knowing the salary of a well prepared university degree professional compared with others with no skills required but that due to many factors earn much more. An example, many employees working for tourism and getting in touch with "tourist tips" or company commissions can get 2-3 times salary of their own colleagues with university degree working in the company offices ... life is tough ... life is unfair ...

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    We pay our cleaning lady 4,000/month for one day work per week. That includes a hot lunch with us and she does our laundry also at her house (we pay for the products), we go and get her and bring her back home or we pay for transport to and from us (from Sabaneta to Sosua) depending.

    Acira

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    We pay 450/day.... no fixed hours.
    Some days are short, some 8 - 4. She pays her own motoconcho.

    Extra little bonus at Christmas on top of the double salary, etc.
    Gifts of food/clothing/odds'n'ends.

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