Our driver takes my husband to work and occasionally takes me into the city when needed. We have our driver's licenses so while we don't NEED a driver, Beijing traffic is dangerous and drivers are crazy, getting around is difficult, China has a 0 alcohol policy, parking is IMPOSSIBLE inside Beijing, and my husband gets extra work time on his commute.
Most drivers work 5-6 days a week, and while some do stay with the working spouse at work, others work primarily for the trailing spouse so he or she can run errands, and other various things.
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Luckily, the drivers and ayis are able to make a living wage, it may not be first world standards, but on average with wages increases these workers are making as much as some college graduates in entry level positions with companies working 60-70hrs a week. Now don't get me started on what this says something about how little companies pay college graduates starting out, that is a whole other post.