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Domestic Help in Paraguay
 
 
 

Domestic help in Paraguay is usually found through other expatriates. Well-trained domestic help is rare, and good cooks are hard to find. Most domestic help will probably only speak Spanish and Guarani, rarely English.

Most expatriates hire domestics, usually a maid who may also cook and/or care for children and is paid according to job responsibilities. Large families may have a maid and a nursemaid. Laundresses, cleaning ladies, or gardeners usually come once or twice a week.

Wages do not represent the total expense to the employer. Food is provided to day workers, and live-in servants may receive food or allowances. Most houses have quarters for one live-in servant. The employer supplies furniture, bed and bath linens. Work dresses, uniforms, and routine medical aid may also be provided. After completing one continuous year of service, servants receive a 13th-month bonus (Christmas bonus). For employees who work less than a year, a bonus will be established taking 1/12 of the total amount of all salaries paid during the calendar year.

Under Paraguayan Law 1085, domestics – including regularly employed cooks, maids, laundresses, gardeners, chauffeurs and nursemaids must be covered by social security. It is not elective with either the employer or the domestic. All servants must have a medical examination at the employer's expense.

 

 
 

 



 


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