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Maids in Ecuador (Domestic Help)

Domestic maids and gardeners are available for reasonable wages. Personnel sometimes prefer live-in maids for babysitting duties and for security reasons; however, live-in maids are becoming harder to find. There are few trained nannies, although some maids handle childcare responsibilities well. Many maids can cook, but it is hard to find cooks who will handle other household duties or who are trained for representational duties. Good caterers are available. Many people in houses share the cost of a security guard with their neighbors.

A combination maid-cook is generally desirable for a single person or a couple without children. Large families often hire more than one domestic employee. Domestic employees who live out generally earn between US$150 and US$200 (including their transportation allowance) per month. Workers who come in by the day generally earn about US$10 a day.

Under Ecuadorian law, domestic employees must be covered by Ecuadorian Social Security. Stringent laws cover employment and termination. These regulations are included in orientation material for new arrivals and should be read and followed carefully.

In addition to an annual salary, the domestic employee receives (per Ecuadorian law) a 13th- and 14th-month salary plus a supplementary compensation. Live-out maids are also entitled to a transportation allowance. Although the employee and the employer are required to pay a portion of the employee’s income to the Social Security system, most employers in Ecuador pay the entire amount for their domestic employees. By law, domestic employees are entitled to 1 day off every 2 weeks, but in practice they receive 1 day off each week. Domestics are entitled to 15 days paid vacation annually, but are not entitled to any holidays. Employers are required by law to provide uniforms for their domestic help.





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