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Domestic Help in Chile

Hiring domestic help is a common practice in Chile that makes daily life much simpler. Domestic workers (asesoras, nanas) are often hired to provide childcare, cooking, house cleaning and gardening. They are almost always women.

You can hire domestic help as puertas adentro or puertas afuera. A domestic worker hired as puertas adentro lives in your home. Puertas afuera means the domestic help comes to the house to work a few days a week.

Many domestic workers in Santiago are migrant workers from neighbouring countries. It is entirely legal to hire foreigners, but make sure that the employee has the proper paperwork. Agencias de asesoras are employment agencies in Santiago that specialise in domestic help. Some of these agencies will charge a commission (comisión), but this may be a small price to pay for the added convenience.

Santiago's daily newspaper El Mercurio has a classified section with listings for domestic work for hire. Several employment agencies advertise in this section. You can also place a “help wanted" ad with the paper. The classifieds are in section B "Economia y Negocios". Column 1317 "Personal para el Hogar" has listings for domestic workers offering services and help wanted ads. Virtually any Santiago news stand sells El Mercurio. It costs 300 pesos ($0.50) Monday through Saturday and 500 pesos ($0.85) on Sunday. The paper also has online listings.

El Rastro is a publication of classified ads printed twice weekly. You can find it at many news stands for 700 pesos (approximately $1.15). See the "Mercado Laboral" section for help wanted ads and domestic employment agencies. There are a number of similar publications, like Anuntis and Ene Avisos.





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