Hiring a Domestic Helper in Singapore: Agency or Direct Hire?

Foreign domestic workers (FDWs) have become an essential part of our lives – we can never have too many extra hands to help us with the numerous household chores and care for our loved ones. Hiring can, however, be a tough job. When it comes to scouting and hiring a FDW in Singapore there are two distinct ways: either through an agency hire – i.e. going through a so-called ‘maid’ agency – or a direct hire – basically going for a DIY job. Obviously, both ways have their pros…

Looking for help: what choices do I have?

Should I go for a FDW ?

Foreign domestic helpers have become part of our everyday life and definitely contribute to making our lives easier and make it possible for many of us to have a full-time job in Hong Kong. No matter how convenient it is, there are a few things to keep in mind before making the leap. Ask yourself: What are my needs? How much do I value my privacy? Can I invest enough time in training (should that be necessary) and managing a full-time live-in helper? Obviously, everyone…

POLO-Singapore announces increase in Filipino helpers’ minimum salary

In a recent press release, the Philippines Embassy’s Overseas Labour Office announced a raise in Filipino domestic workers’ minimum salary. The S$20 raise will bring the minimum wage up from S$550 to S$570 for Filipino helpers who work in Singapore. The measure will be implemented to compensate for fluctuating exchange rates, as the Philippines government set a minimum wage of US$400 for all their overseas workers. The increase in salary will be effective from May 1st,…

Indonesian helpers in Hong Kong can now renew contracts directly

From January 2017, Indonesian domestic helpers and their employers will no longer need to use an agency to renew their contracts in Hong Kong, according to the Indonesian Consulate General.

This applies to domestic workers who are finishing their two-year contracts and who will be renewing with the same employer. Both the helper and employer must agree to renew their contract without assistance from an agency.

If an agreement is reached, the employer will need to submit a letter…

What to prepare for your new helper

You have just hired your new helper. Congratulations! Now it is time to prepare for your new helper so that things will go smoothly from the start. 1) Where will your helper sleep?

An important question. Why? If your helper feels comfortable in her own room that will translate in her work. Ideally, while you were interviewing your helper, you discussed where she is going to sleep so she knows what to expect. You may have to buy a bed and closet for her if there isn’t one available yet.…

What is a domestic helper?

For those landing in Hong Kong to start a new life, the idea of a “domestic helper” may be unfamiliar and daunting.

What is a domestic helper exactly? In Hong Kong the term domestic helper is used instead of maid or housemaid as is usual in other places. In addition, in Hong Kong all foreign domestic helpers are legally required to be hired full-time on a 2-year contract and to live at the same place as the employer. Below you will find a short explanation for the most commonly used…

8 Essential Steps to Helper Paperwork Processing

Handling the paperwork for your new helper is not always an easy task. Follow these 8 steps and you should be set.

If you thought you were done when you found that great helper, think again. Handling the paperwork can be a confusing process. Don’t waste time by missing a step or not answering that one question. Pay attention to every single part of the process so that you do not make unnecessary mistakes. How? Read, remember and even print these steps, to make the paperwork processing…

How to find a great helper?

Finding a great helper is not easy, but it is crucial you find her. Your home needs someone you can rely on.

 

Finding a great helper is not easy. Every family has their own preferences and there is no one-size fits all. But there are some steps you can take to ensure you find the helper that best fits your family.

First of all, take matters into your own hands. It’s tempting to outsource the search for a helper, but do you really trust an agency or third person to fully understand…

Hacks for a Great Helper Interview

Interviewing a helper is a crucial task in your quest for a trustworthy and capable domestic helper.

In the interview you will be able to assess the candidate’s communication skills and motivation. This process is difficult to outsource as it all depends on your click with the candidate and intuition, and because the domestic helper will take care of your children and your home.

We recommend you to personally interview all shortlisted candidates face-to-face or via…

The Importance of Domestic Helper Recommendations Unravelled

Are domestic helper recommendations really that important?

 

It’s difficult to find that great helper. And all the advice of others is great, but it can also make you more confused. Facebook comments indicate that people really insist on domestic helper recommendations, but helpers are not always willing to give their previous employer’s phone number. What to do? Should you care about the recommendation letter?

The Merit of Recommendations You have an idea…