Will I consider hiring IND maid if their starting salary has been increase to $450 & they not staying with me?


 Will I consider hiring an IND maid if their starting salary has been increased to $450 & they are not staying with me?Salary increase

Sometime ago, there were a few maid agencies that gathered to decide among themselves to raise the Indonesian maid’s salary from $350 to $450 for the reason that they are not able to convince an Indonesian maid to come to Singapore to work. As compared to Hong Kong, Taiwan and the Middle East, the salary Singaporean employers are paying to the Indonesian maids are relatively low, therefore it is very hard for them to get Indonesian maid to come to Singapore to work.

Indonesian government also mentioned that they want to set a rule/law to make Singaporean employers allow the domestic maids to not stay in the employer’s home as their ideal working life style for their domestic maid are to be able to go to work in the morning and go back to their own rented place to stay for the night like all the other working class.

I can understand the difficulty those maid agencies are facing. I am not sure if the agency has considered perhaps the reason why those Indonesian maids who continue to come to Singapore to work is because they do not have the start up fee to allow them to work in other countries and only Singaporean employers will help them pay off those start up fees once they are hired by Singaporeans.  We also allow them to pay back by instalments in 6 to 9 months so Singaporean employer are not lost in this point.  The maid agency has to focus on getting new sources of maid supply from Indonesian maid agencies that have maids that do not have the start up fee for the Singaporean employer.

I can Trainalso understand Indonesia government point of view to fight for better benefit for their citizen but with the salary the maids are getting in Singapore and with the high cost of living here, it is impossible for the maids to pay for their own accommodations plus transportation fee, it is just not feasible in my opinion. 

From a Singaporean employer point of view, if the Indonesia maids come with the above 2 condition, I will think twice before I consider hiring an Indonesian maid because of the following reason:

1) Their education level is lower, this has affected their learning ability so they are mostly not fast learners and they do not have the basic training, so the training we have to go through with them has to start from very basic and has to be very detailed. It will take a whole 2 years to get them up to standard and by the time their performance is up to standard, it is properly the end of their service contract and they are due to go home.  That is why the Hong Kong employers love to hire ex-Singapore maids because we train them up to standard and these ex-Singapore maid are hassle free for them.

2) Due to their religion, they have to fast 2 months in a year, therefore they are not fully productive for 2 months, during those 2 months, we have to specially cater for their needs and timing.

3) Due to their religion, when we bring them out for meals, we have to specially dine only in Halal restaurants; this is an inconvenience to most of us.

4) If I am a working mother and need to travel to other countries to work for few days in a month, or if I have elderly at home, I will really need a maid that can stay with me to help look after them.

5) If I have to wait for my maid to come to work before I can go off to work every day, and perhaps some days I may have to work late… etc. this is really very inconveniencing and I would rather not hire a maid that does not help me much.

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