Finding an ayi in Guangzhou

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Most of my time is still spent taking care of Anna, but having an ayi at home allows me to make a slow gradual change back to work

After more than six years in Guangzhou, I have finally hired an ayi (housekeeper) to help me with household work and to take care of the baby when I work. Finding the right ayi wasn’t easy, but now she has worked for us for one month and become like a family member to us.

The first question that locals as me is why I need ayi when I live next door to the grandparents. In China is common for the grandparents to take care of grandchildren when the parents are working and earning a living. Well in our case nainai (grandma) already has a 10 month old grandson to take care of which keeps her busy enough. I also admit thinking that a hired person would more likely do things the way I want them to be done.

Finding an ayi is a bit easier if you live in the city center in areas like Tianhe, Zhujiang New Town, Liede or Ersha Island. Of course the prices are higher as well and the monthly salary of a full-time cleaning ayi or nanny starts from 4000rmb and can go up to 7000rmb.

As we live far from the city center, in a very local village, my options were limited. Finally through my connections I found our ayi, who is a sweet young woman who came to Guangzhou last year to earn a living. As her experience is quite limited still and she eats and lives with us for free, her monthly salary is just 2200rmb.

At first it was strange to have someone around all the time, but we have gotten used to it quickly. Our baby girl likes her a lot and she takes care of her three afternoons per week when I’m working outside. Besides that she cooks lunch and dinner, and takes care of our household chores.

If you are looking for an ayi or nanny, it’s best to find one through recommendations like I did. Ask your friends in WeChat and you will surely get plenty of recommendations depending where you live. During the Summer many families leave Guangzhou and good housekeepers are available for hire.

  • Oh, good call, much easier to tell someone you’ve hired how you want things done than one’s in-laws. :)

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    Sara Jaaksola Reply:

    And if something goes wrong you can fire your ayi, but can’t fire your in-laws ;)

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  • gordon chung

    now that i have seen the baby’s full picture. yes, indeed she is very Q!!!!!! if an ayi is 4000 rmb a month, wonder what is the average salary of an office worker there???

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    Sara Jaaksola Reply:

    Best ayis earn more than average office workers I think. New graduates only get 3000 or so per month, but more experienced staff get 5000 to 6000 per month. At least this is my understanding.

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  • Hopefully she will do work just as you like :)

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    Sara Jaaksola Reply:

    So far I’ve been very happy with her :)

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