What is a Maid Placement Fee?

As able as you are, there will be times when you need a pair of helping hands for your household. More so if you have to devote your time and attention to your job – the one thing that’s keeping your household afloat without any hardship.

Unless you have family members or friends who are willing to help you in terms of taking care of your household such as cleaning, cooking, and babysitting, you will most likely hire a foreign domestic worker because it’s so much more convenient.

In many cases, employers like you will approach a maid agency in Singapore to help find a maid and deal with the paperwork that follows. This employment practice is common because employers prefer not to deal with all the fuss of applying for a work permit.

However, this will typically incur a high agency fee by the maid agency, causing some employers to undertake direct hires – thereby saving some of the costs for themselves and their maids. Here’s what you need to know about the maid placement fee.

Why do maid agencies impose placement fees?

There are several meanings to placement fees. In this context, it means the amount charged by a private employment agency from an applicant worker for its services in the recruitment and placement of said worker.

This is basically an amount that you pay to the maid agency on behalf of your prospective maid. In layman terms, it’s the amount that your maid is paying the agency in order to work in Singapore.

Since there is no fixed price for how much maid agencies can charge for their placement fees, you should know that it usually costs around $2,000 or above to place a maid in your household and process the work permit and papers in Singapore.

If a maid agency charges lower than the average, you should find out how much the agency is charging the maid. High placement fees can force your potential maid into debt with the agency, rendering your maid without any funds once her employment term comes to an end.

What does a maid placement fee cover?

Should a maid agency charge you around $2,000 or above for the placement fee, you should find out what you are actually paying for, since it’s an exorbitant amount to pay for the help you need.

At Homekeeper Maid Agency, we understand the importance of finding the right domestic worker for your household. Our agency offers a range of services to assist you in this process, including advertising the job, conducting interviews and background checks, and managing administrative tasks related to the placement process.

To ensure that you fully understand the services you’ll receive and associated costs, we recommend consulting with a reputable maid agency like Homekeeper. We can provide you with detailed information on our services and pricing. By working with us, you can have confidence in finding the perfect domestic worker for your unique needs.

How much can agencies charge foreign maids?

Maid agencies in Singapore are only allowed to charge foreign maids a month’s salary for each year of work as per the work permit, for a maximum of two years. This includes any fees that were transferred by the agency used in the foreign maid’s home country.

If you terminate the employment contract, the agency is required to refund you part of the paid fees. In the case of visa renewal, the maid shouldn’t pay for any fee because there’s no actual placement and the maid agency should be responsible for it.

Passing agency fees onto your maid

The rules and regulations are enforced to keep matters in control but unfortunately, not all maid agencies follow the set regulations. Some tend to charge higher by asking the employer to foot the fees first and later deduct the fees from their maids’ salaries.

Some maids are even charged an exorbitant amount, leaving them to earn only a small fraction of what they should receive. When a maid agency requests you to do that, you are abetting the agency to do something illegal.

If you face such a situation, you should find other maid agencies that are more transparent with their hiring process and agency fees. At the very least, you and your potential maid can have peace of mind regarding what you both can expect from each other.

Homekeeper can help with your household needs

If you’re looking to hire a domestic helper with the help of an agency in Singapore, Homekeeper is here to help with the process.

We can also help to process the necessary documents for you and your helper. On top of that, we provide maid pre-employment training to ensure that your helper meets your household needs. Reach out to us by calling (65) 6468 5220 or email contactus@homekeeper.sg.

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.