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Hiring Maid in Singapore – Guide to Find the Best
In the modern age of technology and fast life, a quarter of a million houses of
Singapore have incorporated the services of a foreign domestic helper. The duties
of the good maid agency in Singapore include cleaning and taking care of the kids.
Given the fact that the help from a domestic helper is quite resourceful, it needs
to be mentioned that the process of hiring maid and the laws related to it is
something you should know before hiring one.
What should I know about Foreign Domestic Workers in Singapore?
The working policies of the hired maids have to be on a full-time basis and must
live with their employers. Indonesia and Philippines are the highest providers of
domestic workers with other countries such as Myanmar, Malaysia, and Thailand
In Singapore, it is a women only policy when it comes to hiring a domestic worker.
Workers usually move to Singapore for better job conditions and opportunities.
Working in Singapore as a hired help requires formal education with recognised
certificate. Most of the maids working there have higher education course
certificates and degrees. They are also provided government supported training
before leaving for Singapore. This training includes household work, people care
and other skills.
There are some policies for employers who have no children to hire legally part
time maids who would come once a week to perform the duties of a hired help.
Who is Eligible for Hiring Maid in Singapore?
Singapore has a ministry of manpower that undertakes the job to certify an
employer’s application in order to hire them for the role of a domestic helper.
Few of the requirements are that the employer must be at least 21 years old, a
resident of Singapore, should have a legal amount of standing money in the bank
and must have a steady state of income.
However, if the applicant does not have a source of income, is over the age of
sixty and not residing with employed adults he/she is also eligible to apply.
Applicants can apply through the sponsorship scheme where the applicant’s child,
grandchild or sibling can act as a second sponsor. The employer has to provide the
employee an accommodation at his/her house to be eligible to hire.
Domestic Helper Employment Laws
The employment act of Singapore does not enlist the role of a foreign domestic
worker; hence they are not regularized as regular workers. Furthermore, the
employers are the one who takes over the responsibility of hiring a domestic
The workers are also not covered under the Work injury Compensation act in
Singapore hence the employers have to take out security bonds and medical as
well as personal accident insurance for the helpers. The work permit of Singapore
directs that the employer is responsible for any and all medical costs incurred by
their domestic workers. Medical examinations are also a must for the workers
twice a year.
Since it is an unregulated industry, there is no concept of a minimum wage that is
provided by the government. In accordance with this, the countries that send
domestic workers have a pre-set guideline that dictates the minimum wages set.
The employee and the employer must come to a conclusion regarding the
appropriate salary. The average wage of a helper is between 600$ and 800$.
Wages are set according to different terms such as affordability, the helper’s
experience, and the needs of the family that is hiring.
Employing workers on a part time basis is not allowed in Singapore and
the workers are entitled to work only within the premises of the employer’s
property. Even working under someone who is related to the original employers is
not permissible, unless the job is to provide supervision to the children.
Hiring Maid in Singapore: What is the Right Domestic Helper?
You have to find a maid who at least has the following capabilities such as she is:
A good and suitable match for the family
equipped with training that relates to taking care of the house and the people in it
such as the family and the children.
Trust worthy among the family members. This can be done by exhibiting good
behavior and the determination that is expected of the worker.
The total workforce of the available domestic workers is quite low in comparison
to the workforce available outside. However, finding maids and workers that are
already available in the country can be advantageous as the work permits can be
transferred through negotiable discussions. You can also conduct the interview at
your house to be able to equip yourself with the employment history of the
workers that have worked in Singapore before.
In cases when the employers use Helper place, they are provided with the scope
of directly contacting the maids and remain in contact till the process of hiring is
completed. These interactions help the employers narrow their vision and
thinking and be specific as to what kind of help does one want. The interview
process that is conducted at the last is most suitable to come in a one to one
conversation to decide wisely in order to hire a worker.
Do I have to use a Maid Agency to find a Helper?
Singapore does not entitle you to have to use an employment agency to find and
hire a domestic worker. In Singapore not using an agency to find and employ a
domestic worker is more advantageous in hiring a helper. Direct hires are cheap
for you and for your maid, there are no placement fees that need to be counted
and considered. You can easily find online the right maid in Singapore.
Nevertheless, an agency will be usefull, if you have no time to handle the hiring
process (screening, interview, paperwork… ). Please note that when hiring from
an employment agency you should make sure to check the track records first.
Applying for your Domestic Helper’s work permit
The domestic helper’s work permit has to be applied and arranged by the
employer in person or through online or in some cases through agencies. We
recommend you to do it yourself since the process of hiring is straightforward,
easy and quick. The forms take just one day to be processed and can be done
from your house.
To apply for a work permit for your Maid, just log in to the Government
portal Ministry of Manpower Online Application.
The employers should simultaneously check and validate with the helper’s
embassy in Singapore, about the issue of any additional documents or procedures
required by the government.
There are other several steps prior to hiring maid. The employers are entitled to
take out a bond worth 5,000$ which they can lose in case the employment rules
are broken. It is also entitled to any medical or insurance coverage that might
occur if required. Furthermore, the employers are also required to attend a brief
orientation program where they equip you with the guidelines and the rules of
keeping a domestic help. The helpers, on the other hand, have to attend a
After your initial work permit application is approved, you will receive an inprincipal approval letter that is needed by the worker once in Singapore.