Singapore is one of the sprawling Asian Tigers in Southeast
Asia with one of the most dynamic economies in the region.
For some time now, Singapore has relied on its migrant
workers. Most migrant workers are admitted on a temporary
basis and under very strict Singaporean labor rules. One of
the in-demand services in Singapore is hiring of either
part-time or full- time maids.
Mainly, maid comes to Singapore is commonly called an "ah-soh"
which stands for nanny or a domestic helper. Most maids come
from Philippines, Indonesia and trickles of population
also come from Sri-Lanka, Nepal and Bangladesh. Reports
indicate that there are around 150,000 foreign domestic-workers or Singaporean maids at Singapore.
In a family, if both Singaporean husband and wife tandem are
too busy with their work and household cleaning is neglected
then they may opt to hire either full time or part time
house maids. Maids in Singapore could either be local or
migrant workers or foreigners coming from other nearby ASEAN
countries. Both types can be hired as either part time or
full time maids depending on the work permit they carry. How
do exactly do they differ? They can be with or without
Regardless, there are four main reasons why you should not
hire part time maid with agency fee.
1) Increased risks in terms of workplace safety and
You might be unknowingly be hiring an illegal part-time
maid. How? For example, once a maid is hired by a cleaning
service company, therefore that company has the right to
assign her to any client who requests for their cleaning
service. In this case, the maid's work permit will reflect
the cleaning service as her employer and not of her private
citizen to whom she does her regular cleaning duties. If
caught you may be putting yourself at a risk of facing heavy
penalties not only to the employer but to the maid too.
2) The employer will be asked to pay the Recruitment
Agency with the pending fees when hiring any one of their
maids which can reach to about $5000 SD.
These comprise: registration fee, arrival ticket for
maid, medical checkup expense, administrative fees, medical
insurance, security bond, and the like.
3) Absenteeism rate in part time maids is high.
4) The hiring of freelance part time maid in this
country is definitely illegal based on the rules and laws
designed by the Singapore Ministry of Manpower.
Nevertheless, a part time maid with no agency fee is the
same way not recommendable for almost the same reasons
except this time you have no or not much financial
obligations to address like the replacement fee. What is
important here is if they can be trusted and quality of
service they render.
When wanting to hire reliable house maids, here are some
tips to remember:
- Make sure to check their licenses and accreditation
- Maker sure that the maid is insured by the
recruitment agency under Work Injury Compensation Act (WICA).
- Make certain that the recruitment agency must be
responsible and accountable for all their brought-in maids
and vice versa.
- Choose a reputable hiring agency based on gained
reputation or popularity, actual statistical or data
reports, testimonials to satisfied all of our customers, referrals
from friends and relatives;