Domestic help costs approximately US$350 per month for a housekeeper who works full-time (five days a week, 8 am-2 pm), although salaries vary. Most domestics speak some French, but few speak English. Work-accident insurance for household help and gardeners is mandatory. The employer is expected to provide lunch for a housekeeper or nanny who works a full day. Salary will need to include the cost of transportation to your home, and holiday gratuities are a locally accepted custom.
Gardeners typically work one or two shifts of 2-3 hours each week for US$80-100 per month. Most will do basic horticulture, although skill level varies. Some will also clean terraces and wash cars.
It is generally difficult, but not impossible, to find live-in domestic help. Although domestics are not included in the Tunisian Government's social security system, some Tunisian customs must be respected, for example, provision for one day off a week for full-time help, and 12 days paid vacation after one year of employment. No regulation exists for separation pay, but it is usual to give one week's salary for each year of employment.