Employing Maids & Domestic Workers

“It’s been more than a year since the last time we hire our helper and right now everything is going smoothly at home. Yes at first, it was very tough as we have our little ones to take care as well. Good thing that our in-laws offered a helping hand and we had mutual effort with my partner when it comes to maintaining  the house. However, if it’s still hard for you not to employ a helper at home, then you have to take extra caution as you will be exposing your family and properties to a person you really don’t know personally.”



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Employment of a domestic worker (commonly referred to in Singapore as a maid) is often organised through a maid agency.

Alternatively, the prospective employer can find a domestic worker who needs to change employer and arrange for their employment to be transferred. Employers leaving Singapore often advertise, on behalf of their domestic help, for a new employer on notice boards at many of the food supermarkets. The existing employer will have to make a formal transfer through procedures laid down by the Ministry of Manpower (MOM).

  • Singaporeans and permanent residents only may employ a domestic worker
  • Dependant Pass holders may also apply, although details of the spouse’s employment pass will be required
  • Foreigners who are on a social visit, such as on holiday or short-term visit to Singapore, are not allowed to employ a domestic worker

There are strict procedures laid down by the Ministry of Manpower (MOM) that must be followed when employing domestic labour:

  • A foreign domestic worker must be between 23 and 50 years old when first entering Singapore and may work up to the age of 60
  • The worker must have 8 years’ minimum formal education  – certificates will be required as evidence
  • The worker must be from an approved source country/territory. These countries/territories include Bangladesh, Hong Kong, India, ….


Read more: http://singapore.angloinfo.com/information/working/employment/employing-domestic-workers/

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