Dar Es Salaam - Post Report Question and Answers

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

Available and cheap. Some have maids, cooks, drivers and gardeners. - Jan 2022


Very available and reasonable rates. - Oct 2021


Widely available & cheap. Housekeepers are US$2 an hour or less. I have a part time housekeeper and a part time gardener and I pay less than US$200 per month. Be warned - around Christmas, it seems they will ask you for a huge loan and pay it off thru reduced pay. My gardener requested a five year repayment timeframe. - May 2020


Ubiquitous and affordable. Though don't expect great English skills for most. - Jun 2017


I paid about US$100 a month for part -ime help and she was wonderful. There are tons of domestic workers looking for work at all times of year. - Dec 2015


Widely available. Cost for a full-time housekeeper is about US$150-200/month; plus annual one-month bonus; plus severance pay at end. Full-time gardener earns US$100/month. Nannies and cooks earn about same or a little more than housekeepers. Guards are paid by Embassy, but some families provide one meal per shift, though RSO discouraged this when the contract changed. - Jul 2015


Lots of availability, but I have no idea how much the wages are. - Mar 2014


They are everywhere and relatively cheap. Although there are tough laws for insuring them. - Feb 2013


Very reasonable. We had a FT housekeeper/nanny that we paid about US$185/month. This was on the higher end as embassy employees, but people generally had a gardener, maid, and sometimes nanny as well. - Feb 2013


Cheap and available, although English can be a problem. Tanzania has some pretty strict labor laws regarding time off and pay, so sometimes expats feel their staff is taking advantage of them (by never coming into work). - Aug 2011


Domestic help is common and inexpensive ,but watch out for theft. - Jun 2010


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