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 housemaid 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…

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.…

Why People in Hong Kong Can’t Get by Without Their Domestic Helpers

After having employed a domestic helper, many employers feel like they cannot be without helpers. If you’ve just arrived in Hong Kong or never had a helper, find out why so many people swear by employing one.

There are more than 50 million domestic workers worldwide and about 350,000 in Hong Kong. Hiring a nanny or helper is a viable option for many families. Here are our top 8 reasons why we cannot be without helpers.

1) It makes working life easier

You don’t have to rush home to…

Is There a Probationary Period when I Hire a Domestic Worker?

Before hiring a foreign domestic worker (FDW), it is essential to have a good knowledge and understanding of your rights and obligations as an employer and those of your employee-to-be. Here is everything you need to know about probationary periods.

Is there a probationary period for FDWs?

Employers often assume that foreign domestic helpers have to undergo a probationary period to evaluate whether they are a ‘good fit’ and after which both parties can decide whether …

HelperChoice and AXA Hong Kong Offer Comprehensive Protection to Domestic Workers and Employers

The leading ethical online platform in Hong Kong – HelperChoice joins hands together with the leading insurance company – AXA Hong Kong to offer a discount on domestic helper insurance as well as free first-aid training for HelperChoice members.

In order to make the hiring process easier, HelperChoice has decided to expand its partnership in order to propose a complete and adapted domestic helper insurance to its members. AXA Hong Kong’s domestic helper insurance …

What Alternatives to Live-in Helpers?

Hiring a foreign domestic worker (FDW) is often thought to be the only solution to get extra hands to help around in the household. While FDWs play an extremely valuable role in many Singaporean and expat households – particularly by making it possible for breadwinners to strike a balance between their career and their personal life – they are hardly the only option.


Hiring a FDW should not be taken lightly. It is imperative that any employer-to-be takes time to think…

3 Things to Keep in Mind to Find the Right Helper

Hiring the right helper is difficult. Keep these 3 things in mind.


Congratulations! You’ve made the decision to hire a helper. Perhaps you are expecting a baby, or will start working full-time. Whatever the reason you’re looking for a helper, finding the right helper is important. Here are some helpful tips.

#1 Consider your lifestyle

In understanding what suits your needs, you’d have to know yourself well enough. This means that when deciding on which…

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…