The Cost of Hiring a Contract Maid Versus a Full-Time Maid in Dubai

Let’s face it: we’re all too busy running around getting things done to be able to give our homes the love and care they need. That’s why we recommend using maid services and, thankfully, there are plenty of them in Dubai!

However, there are costs and other factors to consider before you decide to arrange for a full-time maid service in Dubai. We talked to some of the most reputable companies that provide full-time maids on a live-in and a live-out basis and have created a checklist to help you decide!

Live In Full-Time Maid Live-Out Maid
Service Offering: A full-time helper, who lives in your home will assist you with a variety of housekeeping tasks. Depending on your agreement, this may also include babysitting and cooking services. Service Offering: A maid who is contracted to your home with a set schedule, but lives in accommodation provided by her employer. These housekeepers would assist with a variety of housekeeping tasks. Depending on the conditions of the agency, this may or may not include additional services such as babysitting.
Initial Recruitment Cost: AED 15,000 – 18,000

A full-time maid in Dubai is employed via established agencies in the region. These agencies charge a one-off finder’s fee, which includes the cost of finding the right person based on your requirements and flying them in.

Initial Deposit: AED 3,000 – 4,500

Some agencies ask for a refundable deposit to be paid as a form of commitment when signing annual contracts for full-time live-out maids. This deposit is paid back at the end of the contract.

Monthly Salary: AED 2,000 – 3,500

Salaries are agreed between the employer and the to-be maid during the interview stage. The amount can vary depending on this agreement and additional benefits are usually provided.

Monthly Fee: AED 3,500 – 6,000

Depending on the agency, type and extent of services required (such as babysitting, cooking, et cetera) and length of contract, the monthly fee is paid either at the beginning or the end of a month.

Additional Costs: Approximately AED 4,000 per month.

The additional costs of hiring a full-time maid to live in can be broken down primarily into the following categories:

Housing: Most Dubai residents rent their homes, and we assume that some portion of that rent cost would be attributed to providing lodging to the maid.

Sponsorship: Visa renewal/sponsorship and associated costs of documentation are AED 12,500 annually. If we average that out on a monthly basis, it contributes a little over AED 1,000 to the additional monthly cost of hiring a full-time maid.

Furniture, food, phone and other expenses: The little things do add up to a few extra hundred dirhams (or more) on a monthly basis.

Annual flights and medical insurance: These costs compounded and averaged over 12 months also add roughly AED 1,000 to the additional monthly costs.

Additional Costs: None, as lodging, food and other expenditures, medical insurance, flights and sponsorship are all covered by the agency that employs the maid.
TOTAL: AED 15,000+ as recruitment cost PLUS AED 84,000 per annum TOTAL: AED 50,000 – 60,000 per annum (not including the refundable deposit).

As seen in the breakdown above, hiring a full-time live-in Dubai maids is the more expensive option, however it comes with its own benefits. Depending on what your requirements are, we can help you get in touch with a reputable cleaning service in Dubai right away!

20 thoughts on “The Cost of Hiring a Contract Maid Versus a Full-Time Maid in Dubai

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    February 25, 2017 at 2:16 pm
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    Hi! Your post is pretty helpful as I have plans in hiring two maids in Dubai. I have tried doing some research on this site called MaidFinder and been confused if I would be hiring contractual or full time. Your article helped me in my decision. Thanks

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      February 27, 2017 at 3:19 pm
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      Hi Jennifer,
      Thank you for your kind comment. If you’re looking for a part-time or live-out maid you can get quotes on ServiceMarket. Let us know if we can help you in any way.
      Thanks,
      Emilene

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    February 16, 2017 at 12:46 pm
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    Hi,
    I am looking for maid/nanny to work from 7-9AM in mornings and from 4PM-9PM in evenings.
    Do you have any options available?

    Thanks

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      February 22, 2017 at 7:22 am
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      Hi Ritika,
      Do you need this every day? Please submit a request on our website and you should receive quotes from multiple maid companies.
      Thanks,
      Emilene

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    February 13, 2017 at 1:05 pm
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    Hi looking for live in full time maid

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      February 14, 2017 at 8:12 am
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      Hi Umhend,
      We do not currently offer full-time live-in maids on our website. It is a good idea for you to contact a maid recruitment company to help you with your search.
      Thanks,
      Emilene

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    February 7, 2017 at 3:16 pm
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    Hi, i am looking for a part- time maid. 4 hrs per day. please email me if you can offer this service.
    thank you

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      February 8, 2017 at 1:32 pm
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      Hi Viktoryia,

      Please submit your details on ServiceMarket. You can book this instantly on our website.

      Thanks,
      Emilene

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    January 15, 2017 at 7:49 am
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    Hi,

    Can you connect me with agencies for Live-out maid service

    Thanks

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      January 18, 2017 at 6:23 am
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      Hi Izzat,

      Please submit a request on our website to receive multiple quotes from maid companies for a live-out full-time maid.

      Thanks,
      Emilene

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    January 9, 2017 at 5:48 pm
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    where would one source au pair services and what would be the likely cost?

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      January 12, 2017 at 8:08 am
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      Hi Yj,

      If you’re looking for a part-time babysitter, you can hire one for around AED 35 to 50 an hour and you can find reputable babysitters on ServiceMarket.com. If you’re looking for a full-time nanny, then you would need to get in touch with a nanny agency. We do not currently offer full-time nannies on our site. The cost of hiring a full-time nanny would depend on the person you hire – it varies quite significantly depending on the person’s experience and education.

      Thanks,
      Emilene

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    September 20, 2016 at 8:45 am
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    hi
    i am looking full time Live-Out Maid, have some one to send me options.

    thanks

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      September 21, 2016 at 11:26 am
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      Hi Mohammed,

      Unfortunately, we do not offer this service. To hire a full-time maid, we recommend you get in touch with a maid recruitment agency. If you are looking for a part-time maid in the meantime, you can get quotes using our website.

      Thanks,
      Emilene

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    September 6, 2016 at 9:36 am
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    Not agreeing on above article. Hiring cost for live in maid depends on nationality, it ranges from 6000-18000. 6000 for Ethiopian maid & 18000 for Filipino maid. salary range for them is 1000-1500 per month. Other Expenses will be around 2000 dhs for visa and insurance & 5500 if ur expat payable to immigration as security deposit. Contract length is of 2 years. Agency fees r one time charges.

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      September 18, 2016 at 2:09 pm
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      Hi Anonymous,

      Thanks for your comment. The figures specified are average costs and the total annual cost will differ depending on the salary offered. The agency fees are just a one-off cost so you would only need to consider this in the first year.

      Thanks,
      Emilene

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    July 4, 2016 at 5:35 pm
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    Hi,

    I am looking for twice weekly cleaning service. Kindly let me know best options.

    Thanks

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      July 5, 2016 at 11:59 am
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      Dear Sheetal, we will email you right away to get the details of your request!

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    March 17, 2016 at 2:26 am
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    I guess there a re benefits to both sides, although having someone who lives full time seems somewhat strange. SInce both my wife and I work, we don’t; really have much time to clean, and had been thinking about hiring a cleaning service to take care of the more urgent tasks. I will have to see what the options are.

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