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Domestic Help in El Salvador

Domestic help is available and usually found through personal referrals. The prospective worker must provide letters of recommendation from previous employers. Employers are responsible for ensuring that any prospective worker secures a medical and security clearance. Medical exams should include x-rays, blood, urine, and stool tests, and should be performed every six months. Employers should provide domestic workers with adequate room and board.

Single expatriate generally employ one live-in cook/maid. Depending on the family size, some expatriates employ two domestic workers, one to cook and one to clean. Live-out rates are usually higher than live-in rates. The current average salary for a live-in maid is $163 per month, with monthly salaries ranging from $126 to $205. The average salary for live-out domestic help is $167 per month, with monthly salaries ranging from $126 to $204. Expatriates living in houses usually also employ a gardener for one or two days a week depending on the size of the garden. The cost of gardening services varies widely, with some paying $9 for a day and others paying $10 for two days.

In addition to salary, the employer provides food or a food allowance, uniforms, and lodging for live-in maids. A legally required Christmas bonus is paid on December 12 of each year, depending on the length of service. After a continuous year of service in the same household, domestic workers are entitled to a 15-day paid vacation period, in accordance with the Salvadoran labour laws. Domestic workers are entitled to 75% of base pay when sick and unable to work up to a maximum of 60 calendar days, depending on years of service. Employers should pay medical expenses at very reasonable fees. These medical services can be obtained through the public medical units of the Salvadoran Ministry of Health located throughout the city. Domestics must be enrolled in any of the private pension funds.





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