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Personal Assistant/Housekeeper Recommendation

Hi Everyone. I am looking for a personal assistant/housekeeper in Zurich. I feel like I am not getting the right search terms into Google so I was wondering if anyone has any recommendations.

At a high level we are looking for someone to help out a few hours a week with things like organization, cooking/meal prep, grocery shopping. We already have a lovely cleaner but her German language skills are too limited to expand her current responsibilities. We do not have children.

Ideally, I am looking for an agency/company so we can reduce the workload associated with hiring an individual (registration, figuring out pension/unemployment contributions, etc).

Any suggestions would be much appreciated. Thanks!
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Re: Personal Assistant/Housekeeper Recommendation

mamiexpress lists “cooking/shopping” among their activities.
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Thanks thalcave!

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I do have a great cleaner through Mamiexpress. She's working for me since seven years and she is very thorough and a great person to have around.
I would really recommend Mamiexpress.
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Re: Personal Assistant/Housekeeper Recommendation

Someone advertised as a personal assistant, not so long ago:
https://www.englishforum.ch/jobs-wan...household.html

Not sure whether this is what you're seeking....
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Re: Personal Assistant/Housekeeper Recommendation

In Zurich, I'd recommend searchwords such as
  • Haushälterin (means housekeeper)
  • Assistentin
  • Haushaltshilfe (means help around the house)
and I've also seen:
  • gute Fee (means good fairy)
  • Perle (means pearl).
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Re: Personal Assistant/Housekeeper Recommendation

Although specialising in Nannys this company also helps find household staff. I am not in anyway affiliated with them and not used them but they may be helpful.
https://www.rockmybaby.ch/pages/serv...ousehold-staff
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Re: Personal Assistant/Housekeeper Recommendation

You could try putting an ad on Homeservice24:
https://homeservice24.ch/de

As you will see if you browse the listings, there seems to be a higher concentration of folks offering cleaning services rather than household assistant and personal cook services. But nonetheless this is a widely used platform Swiss-wide, so chances are you might pique some interest for your position.

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There are also several concierge type companies offering tailor-made household assistant solutions. You will pay a premium for these, especially for a personal chef. I'm not going to link any of these, as one or two have a reptuation of targeting 'newly arrived UHNW' who don't yet know the Swiss market without providing the level of service one expects for the prices demanded. But if you search for 'concierge service' or 'butler service' you will find them.

I'm sure there must be some very good companies out there, but you need to do your due diligence if you go this route, look behind the glossy marketing - and make sure the person you hire to do the work is actually getting a fair portion of the price you are paying to the company.


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FYI, if you want to reduce the administrative burden of hiring household help, there is a service, Quitt.ch ( https://quitt.ch ), that pretty much does that for you. Also the '24' franchise of platforms - the Homeservice24 linked above is one of them - now offers something similar.
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Re: Personal Assistant/Housekeeper Recommendation

Thanks again for all the feedback! I am now looking into all the proposed options.
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