Hiring help in the home is not a cultural norm in the UK these days, meaning most people don’t realise it’s commonplace in many overseas locations. For example, expats in Thailand often employ the services of in-home cleaners and gardeners, while those in other overseas locations seek the services of nannies and educators to help look after the children. If you’re relocating abroad and considering hiring help in the home, here are some things to consider.
What will your lifestyle be like?
The type of lifestyle you intend on living in your new country will determine the type of domestic help you might require. For example, if you have children and are living in a country where English is not widely spoken, you may consider a tutor or nanny to help look after them and teach them the language.
If you have children and are living in a country where English is not widely spoken, you may consider a tutor.
What can you afford?
The cost of employing domestic help will depend on your chosen country and the level of services required. Many expats find they have plenty of disposable income left over to spend on services such as cleaning, childcare and gardening, especially when working in developing countries and earning the equivalent of British wages. The best way to find out what the going rate is for these services, is to speak with fellow expats in you local area.
What cultural norms and etiquette must you consider?
While employing the services of people to help in and around the home might feel like a strange concept, it’s important to understand the cultural norms of your new location and how they relate to hired help. Such positions are often well-paid by local standards and provide stable employment for families living in these countries.
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Where will you find domestic help?
Talk to fellow expats in your area who have hired themselves. They will be able to advise how the employment process works in your chosen destination or even provide recommendations, helping you to find suitable candidates. Online job postings in the location you reside will also be a good way to advertise for and find workers.