Cost Guide of Direct Hiring a Maid in Singapore

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If you need a house-help, the task of hiring can be hectic, but with several tips, this can be easy! 

Firstly, you should understand that hiring a house-help entails bringing a new face to your family, and that’s why you should take time before coming up with the final decision on who to hire. 

There are 2 ways to directly hire a maid in Singapore, either to engage a maid agency or directly hiring from a source country.

The main differences are time, effort, and costs. This article will focus on the costs of direct hire maid versus engaging a maid agency.

What is direct hire maid in a nutshell?

You can actually directly hire a maid without engaging any maid agency in Singapore. There are so many online job portals to match employers and FDW. Moreover, you can also search for a maid from Facebook Direct Hire Group.  You are allowed to apply In-Principle Approval from the Ministry of Manpower (MOM) by yourself.

Why is it cheaper than engaging a maid agency?

There are several factors to consider when you choose to direct hire or engage a maid agency, such as employment paperwork, sourcing for flight, insurance medical checkup, finding a suitable and reputable maid training centre. 

Cost factor #1: Tedious and complicated maid employment paperwork

If you direct hiring a maid without engaging an agency, you can save agency fee and skip all service agreements with the maid agency. 

There is minimal paperwork when it comes to the creation of employment contracts, among other things.  The paperwork involved in hiring maids through agencies can be a bit tedious or complicated. Through direct hires, you can evade all these complex processes.

You are able to handle tedious and complicated maid employment paperwork by own which includes In-Principal Approval, Embassy Contract, Insurance Policy, Salary Arrangement Table,  Standard Employment Contract, Rest Day Agreement, Safety Agreement, etc.

Cost factor #2: Time-consuming admin work

You can save maid agency fee and process admin work by yourself. However, it is quite time-consuming to process all the admin work. You must make sure you get a legal work permit before your maid starts working. 

Cost factor #3: Maid training and pre-deployment admin work

You can send your maid to attend suitable maid training with reasonable price. Some maid agencies charge additional cost for the standard maid training, you do not have a chance to choose the suitable training programme. Moreover, you must issue a work permit and explain all maid-related agreements to your maid.  

Should You Directly Hire A Maid In Singapore?

If you’re ready to get hands on and involved in the process, you can and you’ll save money. Make sure you comply with all MOM and Embassy required processes.

You have full control over who you hire since you handle everything from start to end.

But if you face any problems or roadblocks, you can always engage a reputable and trustworthy maid agency in Singapore such as Homekeeper.

So contact us on WhatsApp now!

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About the Author

Linda Seh has over 20 years of experience in the Employment industry. She takes the time to thoroughly interview each family and helper to understand their requirements, personalities, and preferences. Her intuition and insight has helped her make placements that result in lasting, harmonious working relationships. Linda now leverages this expertise and experience to simplify your search and ensure you find the ideal and qualified helper to become a valued member of your family.