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Paul McBride of Boquete Highlands Real Estate – Best Places In The World To Retire User Account
Although housekeepers can be hired for $12 to $14 a day in Boquete, a good reliable person will cost more than that.  Typically, expats pay between $15 and $20 a day for their housekeeper depending on how many days a week they use their services.  More days, less cost.  Since your housekeeper will usually be working most of the day, it is customary to provide lunch and many people help with transportation costs as well.
 
Remember, you get what you pay for and this holds even more true in Panama.  Over the years a good housekeeper will become more than just someone who cleans your home and paying a little more for the right person can make all the difference in the world.
Elizabeth Worley of Cloud Forest Botanicals – Best Places In The World To Retire User Account
The daily rate for housekeepers and maids in Boquete varies, Cabana at Finca Luz, Boquete, Panama – Best Places In The World To Retire – International Livingdepending on whether they live-in, work full or part time, whether transportation is included or provided, whether or not they are expected to cook as well as clean, how many hours they work, whether you provide meals, etc. In general, the daily rate for non-live in, part time household help, is $12-$15 per day, for 6-8 hours. The government has established minimum hourly wage rates for household help, but these vary with location (and all of the other factors listed above).
 
I pay my part-time maid $10 for a four hour work day, twice a week. She walks to work (lives nearby) and leaves at lunch time, so I do not provide either transportation or meals. This is a bit above the standard wage, but--she is worth it!
 
One thing to be aware of: if you employ your person more than 16-18 hours a week, you are liable for social security, 13th month decimo wages, vacation, etc. If she becomes pregnant while she is working for you, you are liable for all sorts of other things, such as paid maternity leave and potentially medical bills if she experiences any complications as a result of working (and this can be her word against yours if it goes to the Ministry of Labor).
 
Always have a written contract with your housekeeper that includes the hours she/he works, duties, wage to be paid, any exclusions, how severance will be handled, etc. Have it signed and witnessed. Keep records of when she/he works, payment, etc. Better to be safe than sorry. In a labor dispute, the cards are heavily stacked in favor of the employee.

 
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Lissy Lezcano  of Lissy Lezcano Attorney & Mediator – Best Places In The World To Retire User Account
The law in Panama establishes the minimum salary for the “Domestic Service” at $200 per month; also there are obligations with social security.
In Panama workers have other benefits like:
  1. Paid vacations 1 month of salary for every 11 months of work.
  2. Decimo tercer mes “Thirteen Month”, this benefit is paid in April, August and December.  The amount is the salary divided by three.  For example, $200 / 3 = $66.66.
Please always have a work contract in writing, and when you pay for the services draft a receipt of payment and keep it in your files.  Doing this is very important to avoid any problem with the Ministry of Labor.
 
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IRMA CASTILLO of MEDICAL SERVICE PANAMA, S.A. (MS PANAMA, S.A.) – Best Places In The World To Retire User Account
Housekeepers in Boquete are not expensive at all compared to the rates in the USA. Boquete is a lovely, quiet place and so are the people.  Normally a housekeeper could cost around $200 monthly.  Here are the things that you need to know:
 
You need to take out a monthly portion of your housekeeper's paycheck (11.50%) and pay it as social security (in Spanish "Caja de seguro social") and also 1.25% for "Seguro Educativo".   You will need to register all the payments of these taxes in order to avoid irregular situations in the future.
 
It is not expensive to HAVE A HOUSEKEEPER!!! BUT YOU NEED ALSO to take care of little things.
Spokesperson of Centro Medico Mae Lewis – Best Places In The World To Retire User Account
You can have a maid or a housekeeper in Boquete for about $2.50 an hour.   The minimum salary for a maid is $225 a month but it is very difficult to find one at that price.  Most likely they will charge $300 a month.  You should request references and police record.
Moises Montero Randino of Montero Randino - Attorneys at Law – Best Places In The World To Retire User Account
Property in Volcan Chiriqui – Best Places In The World To Retire – International LivingAccording to our recently approved law the past December 30th 2013, the minimum wage for a housekeeper in the Boquete Region is USD $225 / month.
 
The salary you pay may range from $225 to $350 or more per month depending on the tasks performed.  For example, if the housekeeper is taking care of a baby or performing eldercare, the cost would go to the higher end of the scale described here.
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Penny Barrett of Fundacion Bid 4 Bouquete – Best Places In The World To Retire User Account

I have a lady who comes once a month to clean the house and because she only comes in once a month, I pay her US $22 to come in and spend a Saturday cleaning my house.

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