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Maid Services In Quito

Many families who live in Quito and Cumbayá hire a maid, or empleada domestica, to help with the housework. A full-time maid who works 8 hours per day Monday through Friday costs $240 per month. Many people who hire full-time maids also provide a room or small bungalow for the maid, or provide a small public transportation allowance, although it is not mandatory. Maids perform a variety of services and it’s best to ask the person you're considering hiring what they will or will not do. Normally maids will clean, do the grocery shopping, laundry, do a bit of baby-sitting, walk the dog, and cook two meals per day. The best way to find a reliable maid is through word of mouth, and by asking the maids of friends or other people you know for recommendations.

Agencies do exist, but they are difficult to find and less reliable than a recommendation from someone you know, as many of them operate illegally. If you don’t know anybody in Quito or Cumbayá, ask for recommendations from your building contractor, your real estate agent, landlord, the friendly owner of the local store where you shop, the concierge at a nearby hotel, or even the hostess at your favorite restaurant. People who see you regularly, know that you are living here, and appreciate your business will not recommend someone who won’t be reliable.

If you don’t want a full-time maid, but would like some help, it is also possible to hire a maid for 20 hours per week. Per day, a maid normally costs around $15-20, and per hour around $2.50. Legally, when you hire a part-time or full-time maid (20 to 40 hours per week) you are required to sign a contract with the maid and register the contract at the Ministry of Labor Relations to prevent exploitation.

The legal minimum wage is $318 per month salary, but again, that is the minimum legally allowed and most families periodically give a little extra for holiday bonuses or provide occasional perks. In addition, employers are required by law to register the employee at the Social Security Institute (IESS) and pay a small monthly fee.

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31 Oct 2013

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