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Duncan McGowan of Punta Pacifica Realty – Best Places In The World To Retire User Account
Punta Pacifica, Panama City, Panama – Best Places In The World To Retire – International LivingA live-in maid in the San Francisco section of Panama City would earn about $350 a month, based on a 6-day workweek, and they do a good job.
 
If your housekeeper is live-in, you feed them, provide them a place to sleep, and there are no set work hours. If they don’t live there, how much you would pay really depends how many hours a day you want them to work. For example, if you had a cleaning lady that just came by and spent 3 to 4 hours in your home cleaning, you would probably pay $25 to $30 for that cleaning.
 
(Punta Pacifica, Panama City, Panama, pictured.)
Lourdes Townshend of Multimodal  & Logistic Transports Magazine – Best Places In The World To Retire User Account
In the San Francisco area of Panamá City Panamá many years ago every family had not only one housekeeper or maid but two or three.  Not anymore.  With the arrival of thousands of foreigners, it has become more and more difficult to get service.  At the present time, many local and foreign women offer their service for cleaning, cooking or taking care of the children.   They have become very specialized, and usually they prefer to do only one task at the time, and work from 9 AM to 1 PM, if possible.
 
The price per month varies depending on the job to do, but it goes from $175 (for the local girls from the interior) to $900, especially if the job has special requirements.
 
Be careful when hiring a maid.  Ask for references, police record and mainly if they have legal documentation to work and have legal residence in Panamá.  If they don't, it could become a problem later.  Also, be aware of the labor laws in Panamá; they are very specific.

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