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How many hours per week does your ayi work?What are your ayi's main duties?Which area do you live in?Is your ayi live-in or live-out?What is your ayi's hourly salary for her regular (not overtime) work in RMB?What is your ayi's hourly salary for overtime / babysitting work?Do you cover healthcare insurance for your ayi?Do you pay for other insurance expenses for your ayi?How big is your household?Does your ayi speak any English?How long has your ayi been working for you?How much bonus are you likely to pay her this coming Chinese New Year?How many days of holidays does your ayi get?What annual raise are you planning to give your ayi when the time comes?How did you find your ayi?How long is your ayi's commute to work?Does your ayi get any extras?In case you found your ayi through an agency: how much did you have to pay the agency during ayi's first year of service?Is there anything else you think we should know?If you add up all extras (healthcare, insurance, lunch, transportation), how much does it come down to per month?
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15Cleaning, laundry, ironing, CookingMinhangLive-out30NoNoAdult(s) plus 3 childrenNo EnglishLess than 6 months20the standard chinese holidaysNo ideaOtherless than 15 minutesno extras
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20Cleaning, laundry, ironingMinhangLive-out2525NoNoAdult(s) plus 2 childrenNo English1-3 years100the standard chinese holidays plus additional days, ayi is allowed paid time off while you are travellingNo ideaOther15-45 minutesno extras2165
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20Cleaning, laundry, ironingHongqiao / GubeiLive-out20NoNoAdult(s) plus 2 childrenNo EnglishLess than 6 months0the standard chinese holidays, ayi is allowed paid time off while you are travellingNo ideaOther15-45 minutesno extras
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15Cleaning, laundry, ironingPudong - otherLive-out25NoNoAdult(s) plus 3 childrenNo English1-3 years50the standard chinese holidays, ayi is allowed paid time off while you are travellingNo ideaOtherI don't knowno extras
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20Cleaning, laundry, ironingHongqiao / GubeiLive-out2530NoNoAdult(s) plus 2 childrenNo English1-3 years100the standard chinese holidays, ayi is allowed paid time off while you are travellingNo ideaOtherless than 15 minutesno extras0
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Cleaning, laundry, ironing, Childcare for a baby / toddler that stays at home
MinhangLive-out2225NoNoAdult(s) plus 3 childrenNo English1-3 years100the standard chinese holidays, ayi is allowed paid time off while you are travellingNo ideaOther15-45 minutesno extras
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Cleaning, laundry, ironing, Childcare for a baby / toddler that stays at home
Hongqiao / GubeiLive-out2530NoNoAdult(s) plus 3 childrenNo EnglishLess than 6 months100the standard chinese holidays, ayi is allowed paid time off while you are travellingNo ideaOther15-45 minutesno extras0
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12Cleaning, laundry, ironingDowntown / French ConcessionLive-out25NoNoTwo adultsNo EnglishLess than 6 months100the standard chinese holidays, ayi is allowed paid time off while you are travellingNo ideaOtherI don't knowno extrasThe Ayi was receommended through the landlord / the landlords assistant.1300
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4Cleaning, laundry, ironing, CookingDowntown / French ConcessionLive-out2525NoNoOne adultNo Englishmore than 5 years150the standard chinese holidays, the standard chinese holidays plus additional daysNo ideaOther15-45 minutesno extras
Although I'm an expat, I have some family roots in Shanghai, so my ayi situation is a little bit different in that our ayi is really part of our family (she works for four different households in my extended family) and we thus treat her as such.
0
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3Cleaning, laundry, ironingPuxi - otherLive-out20NoNoOne adultNo English1-3 years0the standard chinese holidaysNoneOtherless than 15 minutesno extras0
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10Cleaning, laundry, ironingHongqiao / GubeiLive-out25NoNoAdult(s) plus 1 childNo English1-3 years20the standard chinese holidaysNoneOtherI don't knowno extras
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18Cleaning, laundry, ironingPudong - otherLive-out351NoNoAdult(s) plus 2 childrenNo English1-3 years50the standard chinese holidaysNoneOther15-45 minutesno extras
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6Cleaning, laundry, ironingPuxi - otherLive-out10NoNoTwo adultsNo EnglishLess than 6 months50the standard chinese holidaysNoneOtherI don't knowno extras700
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12Cleaning, laundry, ironingHongqiao / GubeiLive-out2525NoNoAdult(s) plus 2 childrenNo English1-3 years100the standard chinese holidays, ayi is allowed paid time off while you are travellingNoneOther15-45 minutesno extras1200
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12Cleaning, laundry, ironingDowntown / French ConcessionLive-out25NoNoTwo adultsNo EnglishLess than 6 months100the standard chinese holidays, ayi is allowed paid time off while you are travellingNoneOtherI don't knowno extras
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21Cleaning, laundry, ironing, Caring for a petJinqiaoLive-out2222NoNoAdult(s) plus 2 childrenNo EnglishLess than 1 year100the standard chinese holidays, ayi is allowed paid time off while you are travellingUp to 10%Otherless than 15 minutesother300
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6Cleaning, laundry, ironingDowntown / French ConcessionLive-out2020NoNoTwo adultsNo English1-3 years0the standard chinese holidaysUp to 15%Other15-45 minutesotherAyis who work for Chinese families are not paid more than 15 to 17 RMB/hr
Some miscellaneous stuffs at home.
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20Cleaning, laundry, ironing, Caring for a petLujiazuiLive-out40NoNoTwo adultsAwesome English1-3 years150ayi is allowed paid time off while you are travellingUp to 15%Other15-45 minutes
DUTIES:
Her duties also regularly include (i.e., at least once a week):

---BILLS: paying all bills.

---SHOPPING: This includes regular grocery shopping at the wet market, etc. and keeping all housekeeping supplies stocked, managing dry cleaning, keeping water supplied, etc., as well as just finding things upon request -- such as an odd kind of battery, light bulb, office supply - or whatever I want/need that I can't seem to find. She finds it - usually within a day or two.

---FOOD PREP: She washes and preps vegetables and/or proteins (e.g. shelling shrimp, etc.) several times a week. She would could cook upon request – it’s “in the job description,” but we like to cook ourselves so haven’t asked her to yet.

---TRANSLATION: providing translation services upon request (e.g., going with me to the bank, telephone company, and other businesses). She also regularly interacts with people, repair people and building people.

---REPAIRS: If something breaks, she gets it fixed - either by finding and replacing part herself or calling building or calling manufacturer.

---PET CARE: She cares for two cats includes the daily matters of emptying litter box, ensuring food/water, regular full clean out of litter box, and replacement of filter in waterer. During our joint travel (avg 10-12 weeks/year), she comes in Mon, Wed, and Fri for a few hours to care for/be with the cats. They are now very happy and well-adjusted upon our return from trips -- something we did NOT have in the US with daily pet care during our travels. (She sends me pics and videos so I know she's there and see that cats are fine.)

HOURS:
She typically works Monday-Friday 9 AM to 1 PM.

PTO/PAID TIME OFF:
---HOLIDAYS: She actually works most holidays, especially the extended CNY and National Day holidays, because we nearly always travel during such holidays and so she provides pet care.

---OUR TRAVEL: We pay full salary during our travel. She works a couple hours, at least every other day during our travel, then a full day right before we come back, for a deep clean, linen change, and fridge restock right before we return. So, e.g., for this coming CNY, we will be traveling from Oct 1-Oct 12 and she will have 3 full days off

---ADDITIONAL DAYS OFF: My husband travels a lot on 2-3 day trips at least every other week. During that travel, she takes off Tuesday and/or Thursdays. So, she gets at least 2-3 days of PTO each month, just from that.
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Cleaning, laundry, ironing, Childcare for a baby / toddler that stays at home, Childcare for preschool aged child(ren) that are in school, Caring for a pet
JinqiaoLive-out30.730NoNoAdult(s) plus 2 childrenBasic EnglishLess than 6 months100the standard chinese holidays, ayi is allowed paid time off while you are travellingUp to 5%Recommendation by friendsless than 15 minutesLunch money
She has asked for more money despite only making 25 with her former family. She knows of a couple of people making 35, so she wants that. While her English is decent, she has no self motivation. I have to instruct her on every single thing she does. She at least takes direction well.
4000
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Cleaning, laundry, ironing, Childcare for preschool aged child(ren) that are in school
Downtown / French ConcessionLive-out27.530NoNoAdult(s) plus 2 childrenNo Englishmore than 5 years500ayi is allowed paid time off while you are travellingNo ideaRecommendation by friendsless than 15 minutesno extras
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10Cleaning, laundry, ironingPudong - otherLive-out20NoNoAdult(s) plus 1 childNo EnglishLess than 6 months0the standard chinese holidaysNo ideaRecommendation by friends15-45 minutesno extras
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10Cleaning, laundry, ironing, CookingDowntown / French ConcessionLive-out25NoNoOne adultNo Englishmore than 5 years0the standard chinese holidaysNo ideaRecommendation by friends15-45 minutesno extras
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10Cleaning, laundry, ironingPudong - otherLive-out20.5NoNoAdult(s) plus 2 childrenNo EnglishLess than 6 months62.5the standard chinese holidaysNo ideaRecommendation by friendsless than 15 minutesno extras0
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15Cleaning, laundry, ironingMinhangLive-out5050NoNoAdult(s) plus 2 childrenNo EnglishLess than 6 months100the standard chinese holidaysNo ideaRecommendation by friendsless than 15 minutesno extras
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Cleaning, laundry, ironing, Childcare for a baby / toddler that stays at home, Caring for a pet
Downtown / French ConcessionLive-out2630NoNoAdult(s) plus 1 childNo Englishmore than 5 years100the standard chinese holidays plus additional daysNo ideaRecommendation by friends15-45 minutesno extras
She started as a cleaning only Ayi (plus pet duty when we were out of town) and then offered to add more hours and take care of the baby when I went back to work. At that point she had worked for me for over 5 years so I felt totally confident in her abilities. Now the kid thinks of her as basically a grandparent and she's absolutely wonderful with him. My only issue is she does not want to work fully full time so I have to have a second 'backup' Ayi...basically same rates, ends up being an extra 2000 a month. It's a pain, but it works.
3200
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10Cleaning, laundry, ironingDowntown / French ConcessionLive-out30NoNoTwo adultsNo EnglishLess than 6 months30the standard chinese holidays, ayi is allowed paid time off while you are travellingNo ideaRecommendation by friendsI don't knowno extras
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Cleaning, laundry, ironing, Childcare for preschool aged child(ren) that are in school, Cooking
Downtown / French ConcessionLive-out2530NoNoAdult(s) plus 2 childrenNo English1-3 years100the standard chinese holidays, ayi is allowed paid time off while you are travellingNo ideaRecommendation by friends45-90 minutesno extras
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3Cleaning, laundry, ironingHongqiao / GubeiLive-out20NoNoAdult(s) plus 1 childNo EnglishLess than 6 months100the standard chinese holidays, ayi is allowed paid time off while you are travellingNo ideaRecommendation by friends15-45 minutesno extras
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Cleaning, laundry, ironing, Childcare for preschool aged child(ren) that are in school
JinqiaoLive-out2525NoNoAdult(s) plus 2 childrenBasic EnglishLess than 6 months100the standard chinese holidays, ayi is allowed paid time off while you are travellingNo ideaRecommendation by friendsI don't knowno extras
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9Cleaning, laundry, ironingDowntown / French ConcessionLive-out25NoNoOne adultNo English1-3 years50the standard chinese holidaysNoneRecommendation by friends15-45 minutesno extras1000
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6Cleaning, laundry, ironing, Caring for a petDowntown / French ConcessionLive-out29.1NoNoOne adultNo English1-3 years100the standard chinese holidaysNoneRecommendation by friendsI don't knowno extras
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Cleaning, laundry, ironing, Childcare for a baby / toddler that stays at home, Childcare for preschool aged child(ren) that are in school, Cooking
LujiazuiLive-out30NoNoAdult(s) plus 2 childrenNo EnglishLess than 1 year100the standard chinese holidaysNoneRecommendation by friends15-45 minutesno extras
I didn't want to pay the ayi this much (she was full time earning 3800/month) but we needed to reduce to part time. I was expecting to pay 25/hr but she said the going rate in our compound for ayis doing mainly child care was 30-35 and she would not accept 25. Agreed to pay 30 as she is really good at her job but told her there will be no pay increase - the results of this survey so far confirm she's already earning an above average rate.
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6Cleaning, laundry, ironingDowntown / French ConcessionLive-out3335NoNoTwo adultsNo Englishmore than 5 years100the standard chinese holidaysNoneRecommendation by friendsI don't knowno extras
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30Cleaning, laundry, ironing, CookingDowntown / French ConcessionLive-out3040NoNoAdult(s) plus 2 childrenNo EnglishLess than 1 year100the standard chinese holidays plus additional days, ayi is allowed paid time off while you are travellingNoneRecommendation by friends15-45 minutesno extras
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Cleaning, laundry, ironing, Childcare / tutoring for older kids, Caring for a pet
LujiazuiLive-out2230NoNoAdult(s) plus 1 childNo English1-3 years100the standard chinese holidays plus additional daysUp to 10%Recommendation by friends15-45 minutesno extras0
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20Cleaning, laundry, ironing, CookingDowntown / French ConcessionLive-out24NoNoAdult(s) plus 1 childNo Englishmore than 5 years100the standard chinese holidays, ayi is allowed paid time off while you are travellingUp to 10%Recommendation by friends15-45 minutesno extras
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Cleaning, laundry, ironing, Childcare / tutoring for older kids, Cooking, Caring for a pet
Hongqiao / GubeiLive-out2525NoNoAdult(s) plus 2 childrenNo EnglishLess than 6 months100
the standard chinese holidays, the standard chinese holidays plus additional days, ayi is allowed paid time off while you are travelling
Up to 10%Recommendation by friends15-45 minutesno extras
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6Cleaning, laundry, ironingDowntown / French ConcessionLive-out3535NoNoOne adultNo English1-3 years50the standard chinese holidaysUp to 15%Recommendation by friendsI don't knowno extras
I don't give my Ayi a regular payrise - the two pay raises I have given her have come from her telling me that her hourly rate has gone up. I have a couple of friends who also use her, and they confirmed this is the case.

Chinese new year bonus varies - mainly cash, and then some kind of gift card (whatever I get from work). I also give her first refusal on anything I no longer want such as clothes and household goods.

She pays my utility bills also (I leave her cash for this)
945
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10Cleaning, laundry, ironingPudong - otherLive-out20NoNoAdult(s) plus 2 childrenNo English1-3 years300the standard chinese holidays plus additional days, ayi is allowed paid time off while you are travellingUp to 15%Recommendation by friends15-45 minutesno extras
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25Cleaning, laundry, ironingLujiazuiLive-out2525NoNoAdult(s) plus 2 childrenNo English1-3 years100the standard chinese holidaysUp to 5%Recommendation by friendsI don't knowno extras0
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9Cleaning, laundry, ironing, Cooking, Caring for a petDowntown / French ConcessionLive-out17NoNoTwo adultsNo Englishmore than 3 years100the standard chinese holidays plus additional daysUp to 5%Recommendation by friends15-45 minutesno extras
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20Cleaning, laundry, ironingJinqiaoLive-out2525NoNoAdult(s) plus 3 childrenNo English1-3 years50the standard chinese holidays, ayi is allowed paid time off while you are travellingUp to 5%Recommendation by friendsI don't knowno extras0
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30Cleaning, laundry, ironing, CookingHongqiao / GubeiLive-out25NoNoAdult(s) plus 2 childrenNo EnglishLess than 6 months0the standard chinese holidays plus additional days, ayi is allowed paid time off while you are travellingNo ideaRecommendation by friends15-45 minutesotherShe buys meat and veggies for us and have dinner at our home
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30Cleaning, laundry, ironing, CookingDowntown / French ConcessionLive-out2323NoNoAdult(s) plus 1 childNo Englishmore than 5 years0the standard chinese holidays, ayi is allowed paid time off while you are travellingUp to 5%Recommendation by friends15-45 minutesother
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30Cleaning, laundry, ironing, CookingDowntown / French ConcessionLive-out32NoNoAdult(s) plus 2 childrenNo English1-3 years100
the standard chinese holidays, the standard chinese holidays plus additional days, ayi is allowed paid time off while you are travelling
Up to 5%Recommendation by friends15-45 minutespaid lessons4500
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Cleaning, laundry, ironing, Childcare for a baby / toddler that stays at home, Cooking
Puxi - otherLive-out3030NoNoAdult(s) plus 1 childAwesome English1-3 years100the standard chinese holidaysNo ideaRecommendation by friends45-90 minutes
Transportation allowance
160
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6Cleaning, laundry, ironingDowntown / French ConcessionLive-out3030NoNoAdult(s) plus 1 childNo English1-3 years100the standard chinese holidaysUp to 10%Recommendation by friends15-45 minutes
Transportation allowance
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25Cleaning, laundry, ironingDowntown / French ConcessionLive-out3540NoNoAdult(s) plus 2 childrenAwesome EnglishLess than 1 year100the standard chinese holidaysNo ideaRecommendation through networks (SHMamas, SHExpat etc.)15-45 minutesno extras
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15CookingDowntown / French ConcessionLive-out35NoNoAdult(s) plus 2 childrenBasic EnglishLess than 6 months10the standard chinese holidaysNoneRecommendation through networks (SHMamas, SHExpat etc.)15-45 minutesno extrasDoes meals count as extra? Suggest to add in survey.
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Cleaning, laundry, ironing, Childcare for a baby / toddler that stays at home, Caring for a pet
Downtown / French ConcessionLive-out3535NoNoAdult(s) plus 1 childBasic EnglishLess than 6 months25the standard chinese holidaysNoneRecommendation through networks (SHMamas, SHExpat etc.)15-45 minutesno extras
I am really impressed with the quality of my ayi and think 35 RMB/hour is worth it. I was contact by an agency who said they would charge me one month salary as a finding fee but I declined their services and found my Ayi through Shanghai Mamas.
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Cleaning, laundry, ironing, Childcare for a baby / toddler that stays at home, Cooking
Pudong - otherLive-out3030NoNoAdult(s) plus 2 childrenBasic English1-3 years50the standard chinese holidays plus additional days, ayi is allowed paid time off while you are travellingUp to 5%Recommendation through networks (SHMamas, SHExpat etc.)15-45 minutesno extras0
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Cleaning, laundry, ironing, Childcare for a baby / toddler that stays at home
Downtown / French ConcessionLive-out2530NoNoAdult(s) plus 1 childNo EnglishLess than 6 months100the standard chinese holidays, ayi is allowed paid time off while you are travellingNo ideaRecommendation through networks (SHMamas, SHExpat etc.)15-45 minutesother
I would like to know if there is a difference in pay if a family is getting a second baby.

Or do you still pay your ayi the same if she works fulltime and toddler/baby goes to daycare once a week after a while?
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Cleaning, laundry, ironing, Childcare for preschool aged child(ren) that are in school, Taking a child to activities / classes, Cooking
Puxi - otherLive-out25NoNoAdult(s) plus 1 childNo English1-3 years100the standard chinese holidays, ayi is allowed paid time off while you are travellingUp to 10%Recommendation through networks (SHMamas, SHExpat etc.)15-45 minutes
Transportation allowance
230
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20CleaningDowntown / French ConcessionLive-out2525NoNoAdult(s) plus 1 childNo English1-3 years100the standard chinese holidays, ayi is allowed paid time off while you are travelling0Recommendation through networks (SHMamas, SHExpat etc.)15-45 minutes
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30Childcare for a baby / toddler that stays at homeDowntown / French ConcessionLive-out3030NoNoAdult(s) plus 2 childrenBasic English1-3 years100the standard chinese holidays, ayi is allowed paid time off while you are travellingUp to 5%Through an agency45-90 minutesLunch money
We pay her for all Chinese holidays, as well as the days that we are not in Shanghai (e.g. Christmas, summer holiday). We have a 1 year old baby and a 3 year old who is at home one out of three days when she works.
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10Cleaning, laundry, ironingDowntown / French ConcessionLive-out301NoYesAdult(s) plus 2 childrenNo EnglishLess than 6 months100the standard chinese holidaysNo ideaThrough an agencyI don't knowno extras500
Can't remember the name
0
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10Cleaning, laundry, ironingDowntown / French ConcessionLive-out3030NoNoAdult(s) plus 1 childBasic English1-3 years100the standard chinese holidays, ayi is allowed paid time off while you are travellingNo ideaThrough an agency45-90 minutesno extras390
Our ayi is paid monthly (1300RMB). Except for eveninig babysitting which was an agreement between the ayi and us we don't pay her the overhours as it is a monthly salary. These overhours are sometimes her own choice to e.g. play with our kid.
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Cleaning, laundry, ironing, Childcare for a baby / toddler that stays at home
Downtown / French ConcessionLive-in2730YesNoAdult(s) plus 1 childBasic EnglishLess than 6 months100the standard chinese holidays, ayi is allowed paid time off while you are travellingNo ideaThrough an agencyless than 15 minutesno extras22000
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4Cleaning, laundry, ironingPudong - otherLive-out30NoNoTwo adultsNo EnglishLess than 6 months0ayi is allowed paid time off while you are travellingNoneThrough an agencyless than 15 minutesno extras40she only gets paid when she comes
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3Cleaning, laundry, ironingDowntown / French ConcessionLive-out3040NoTwo adultsNo EnglishLess than 6 months0ayi is allowed paid time off while you are travellingNoneThrough an agencyless than 15 minutesno extras200-MD MAID400
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15Cleaning, laundry, ironing, CookingPudong - otherLive-out2323NoNoTwo adultsNo Englishmore than 3 years25the standard chinese holidaysNoneThrough an agencyless than 15 minutesno extras800
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Cleaning, laundry, ironing, Taking a child to activities / classes, Cooking
Hongqiao / GubeiLive-out1515NoYesAdult(s) plus 2 childrenNo English1-3 years10the standard chinese holidays, ayi is allowed paid time off while you are travellingNoneThrough an agency15-45 minutesno extras00
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8Cleaning, laundry, ironingQingpuLive-out25NoNoAdult(s) plus 2 childrenNo English1-3 years400the standard chinese holidays plus additional daysUp to 10%Through an agencyless than 15 minutesno extras
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30Cleaning, laundry, ironingPuxi - otherLive-out2428NoYesAdult(s) plus 1 childNo EnglishLess than 1 year100the standard chinese holidays plus additional days, ayi is allowed paid time off while you are travellingUp to 10%Through an agencyI don't knowno extras
40% of Ay monthly salary
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20Cleaning, laundry, ironing, CookingPudong - otherLive-out3035NoNoAdult(s) plus 2 childrenBasic English1-3 years100ayi is allowed paid time off while you are travellingUp to 5%Through an agency15-45 minutesno extras2500
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15CleaningPuxi - otherLive-out3030NoYesAdult(s) plus 2 childrenNo EnglishLess than 6 months100the standard chinese holidays, ayi is allowed paid time off while you are travellingNo ideaThrough an agencyI don't knowother260
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5CleaningDowntown / French ConcessionLive-out3030NoNoAdult(s) plus 1 childNo EnglishLess than 1 year0the standard chinese holidays0Through an agencyless than 15 minutes
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4Cleaning, laundry, ironingPuxi - otherLive-out20One adultNo English0the standard chinese holidaysNone
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