Cost of hiring a new maid


Cost of hiring a new maid 

If you plan to hire a maid in Singapore, these are the expenses you will probably incur:

– Agent fee: I paid about $400+. I will never go to an Agency with FOC agent fee. It means your maid is paying for the Agent fee and the Agent is not obligated to provide any service to you because their paying customer is your maid and they will service your maid rather than you. If you are not lucky in hiring, perhaps you need the Agent’s help to counsel your maid; you will be in trouble if there is no help from the Agent.

– Maid’s loan repayment: when I pick up my new maid, I have to help her repay her loan, which will cost her $2,000+. This amount will be deducted from her salary monthly in 6 to 7 instalments.

Loan repayment

– Foreign Maid Insurance: I choose the $300+ as it covers the $5.000 Bond, in case my maid runs away, the insurance will pay the penalty on my behalf.  It also covers personal accident medical expenses, repatriation expenses, hospital & surgical expenses, wages compensation, termination expenses, special grant and liability to third party.

– Insurance from maid’s home country: $200

– Safety awareness course: $68 

– Entry test fee: $7

– Monthly Levy: $170(concession, normal will cost you $265) because I am staying with mom and she is above 65, it is tax deductible

– Air ticket for maid to go back: will cost $300+ depending on which airline and destination

– Medical check: every 6 month will cost $25+Money face

 The hidden expenses are:

– Dental: $100+

– Clothes(including Bra): $50+

– Medical fee: $25+

– Foods: most of them eat a lot; therefore it can be very costly.

– Lodging: if her duty is to clean the house, you must have a maid’s room for her, if she is tasked to look after the children or your parent, perhaps she can sleep with your kids or the elderly

– Shampoo, soap, tooth bush, tooth paste, sanitary pad

– Phone card: if she don’t have an off day


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