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Employing Maid in Singapore FAQ

Here are list of the frequently asked questions and answers for employing a maid in Singapore:

Definition of NEW & TRANSFER maids.

New maids refers to those are coming in from overseas to work in Singapore for the first time. Even though the new maids are simply new to Singapore, but they can have work experience in their home country.

Transfer maids refer to those who are already working in Singapore they are seeking to be transferred from their current employer to another employer. You can meet them for an interview in person. In addition, you can request for the Employment History of the transfer maid from their agency.

Why should I engage a maid agency?

Maid agencies are in a better position to provide you with a professional and comprehensive assistance in employing your maid. A maid agency usually takes care of the hassles of Work Permit application, security bond, insurance, travel arrangement, immigration clearance, medical screening, etc. away from you. However, you will need to check with the individual maid agency for details of their pricing and service packages.

Can I employ a maid without going through an employment agency?

Yes, you can apply directly through MOM (Ministry of Manpower) via their website

What are the MOM approved sources of countries can I employ maid from?​

You can only employ maids from Malaysia, Philippines, Indonesia, Thailand, Myanmar, Sri Lanka, India and Bangladesh.

How much does it cost to hire a maid?

1) One-time agency fee around S$1288
2) Maid’s monthly salary averaging between S$700- S$1000 (based on experience)
3) MOM’s Foreign Domestic Worker Levy – currently at S$60 (for Singaporean with young kid(s), elderly or the disabled) and S$300 per month (Singaporean with no young kid, elderly or the disabled and non-Singaporean).
4) Mandatory maid’s insurance & security bond required by MOM costing between S$250 to S$450 per 2-year contract.

Why do the agency fees charged by different agencies vary greatly?

Due to the intense competition by numerous agencies in Singapore, there may be some agencies offering unbelievable deals to entice you. It is always wise to read the fine print in the contract carefully before proceeding. Going to agencies which remain accredited to the Consumers Association of Singapore is strongly recommended because you can complain to CASE if you have an issue with the agency.

What is the minimum income needed to qualify for a maid?

Although household income is a qualifying criterion, there no exact amount stated by the MOM. The salary requirement is set based on the realistic overall cost of employing a maid, including their salary, levy, insurance, food and other expenses.

Can I apply for a second maid?

You are eligible to hire a second maid if you have any of these family members living with you:

  • At least 2 children below 18 years old.
  • A parent or parent-in-law over 60 years old.

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