Employing maid


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That's the risk of getting a fresh maid because of the many months loan you have to pay for her and she can choose not to work for you anytime and request for transfer, end up losing end is yourself & your family because you paid few thousands of $$$.

Personally I prefer transfer maid because if you choose properly, those who have finished or almost finished their 1st contract means you dont have to pay any maid loans. Just pay for insurance and paperwork by agency will do. Saves you ALOT of $$.
Pros of transfer maid is that you can get to interview the maid face-to-face and see her reaction and how you like her. Plus she is already in SG that means you dont have to worry about passprt approval / medical clearance etc. Plus, the waiting time for your transfer maid is only 1-2 weeks compared to 4-6 weeks for a maid to come from overseas.

As for interviewing a Transfer maid, there are many questions which you can ask her:
- Why did you get Transferred? (This is very important Qn. Of cos there may be many reasons but one man's trash MAY BE another's treasure. She could be abused? Stole $$? Or made too many mistakes/ broken too many things? Not suitable to work in HUGE Bungalow because she is overloaded with work? All these reasons you need to assess whether acceptable to you or not.)
**For my Hubby's grandma's maid, she was transferred because her ex-employer found her too slow in cleaning their landed house, but now she is only working in a 4-room flat looking after my Hub's 88-yr old Grandma so she is very happy. She has been working for 2+yrs already.
**For my cousin's Transfer maid, she was transferred because the old lady she looked after had passed away before her contract ended. My cousin took her to look after her elderly Grandma also. She is diligent and is already "well-trained" in carrying/ feeding/ bathing elderly. She even sleep with Grandma at night cos she doesnt mind waking up at night for her toileting needs. My cousin is very happy.
** For my own maid, she is transferred because she was abused by her ex-employer and my Agent showed us police report as proof. She has worked in that family for 1.5yrs and they never gave her salary and often beat her. She can work very well in my household and she said she is happy working for us, and she has good initiative. We are very lucky to have hired her.

- have you worked in a household with children before?
- How many younger/ older siblings do you have? Did you need to take care of them ?(some maids even though never worked in homes w kids but they have looked after younger siblings before)
- What does your family / husband do?? (Mostly farmers or odd-job workers so ask her how she helps out in her family to assess her responsibility level & knowledge of Housework)
- Before coming to work as a maid, what did you do in your country?? (She could have been a waitress/ helped at farm/ sales promoter. All these jobs can let you assess her maturity level/ understanding of simple English)

Then you can also let her know a bit about your household. Your chores/ time table/ what is expected of her (short nails? Short hair? No hp?? No kissing & sharing food with children??) All these terms you must state out clearly to her so she cannot say she didn't know and Regret working for you.

So far my Hubby's Grandma's, my cousin's and my own maids are Indonesian transfer maids. We find them least problematic of all.
All the best in your maid search!!

Thanx Frenchkitty, i got my transfer maid today and need some monitoring. The most important part is my children. Till now my eldest son did not welcome her. ehm...a bit difficult to persued. He keep thinking me ex-maid (pretty look).


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I count my lucky stars that I have a good maid agency helping me all this years! Seems that the folks kinda overlook Myanmar maids. They are generally simple, honest and hardworking. You can call Joyce (84982625) for maid agency assistance. She is very patient and experienced!


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[FONT=Arial, Helvetica][FONT=Arial, Helvetica]I would never again go to Dynamic Employment at Peninsula Plaza. And I will never again hire maids from Myanmar. Dynamic got us a Myanmar maid. The agency is run by a single Myanmar woman who was so sweet - but it was only till we pay the 6-month loan and the agency fee.

This maid was not great but OK but she wanted to leave within 4 months. The agency simply dragged their feet getting us a replacement maid. They refused to give us biodatas. However, the Myanmar maid we returned to the agency, they got her a new employer within days.

I have grown sick of Myanmar maids. They eat A LOT, I mean really a lot, like manual labourers who carry heavy sacks the whole day and need to eat a mountain of rice for their energy needs. We are a Budhist family, the Myanmar maid was a Christian convert. She said she wants to work with a Christian family. The agency disclosed that they did not charge the maid any transfer fee! From their treatment of Myanmar maids, I can see they virtually worship their maids but are rude to employers.

Many of my friends, even taxi drivers all say Myanmar maids are no no.

Going through many websites of various maid agencies, I found that Myanmar maids are demanding at least $450 and 2 days off - even though they speak little English. These so-called "experienced" Myanmar maids are just inefficient unmotivated women who were sent back and they demand higher pay. At least, when Filipino maids ask for $450, they are justified as they speak English.

Anyway, I saw from MoM's webpage (Employment Agency Search) that Dynamic has the rare honor of 3 demerit points.

I repeat - I will never ever hire Myanmar maids, nor will I patronise Dynamic Employment.

My previous maid, from Philipines, was from Apex HR (at Balestier). They had very good service. Even called me to check if I received the biodata they emailed to me. I think I will go back to them. But my only worry is if the next Filipino maid will want to leave within weeks of joining us.


Hi there, do you mind sharing your maid agency with me?

hi jesamine, the upfront fee will not be applicable if you are hiring a transfer maid.

If you want a brand new maid (directly from their hometown), you have to help the maid to pay her loan to the agency first and deduct that from her salary.

Average Fees for Hiring New Maids
Bond/Loan- Approx 2.2K (this is the amount your new maid owns you)
Agency Fee- Approx 1.6 k (paid by employer)

Bond/Loan- Approx 2.8k - 3k (this is the amount your new maid owns you)
Agency Fee- Approx $788 (paid by employer)

I personally would recommend to hire a transfer maid with at least few years of experience, will save you some trouble. My family and some friends engaged brand new maids before, and get really frustrated and stressed most of the time. New maids need more time to pick up the language/cooking/cleaning/etc although they are less demanding and salary is lower than experienced maids.

I rather pay 100 bucks more each month to save me the headaches, especially when both hubby and I are working. :)


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Hi all,

Two questions - i just employed a helper, and didnt know there is a $170 gov levy. Is this only for helpers who take care of elderly & children, or it's for all helpers? Is the levy avoidable in anyway?

My helper's from Myanmar, from a very ulu village that currently now is flooded so no phonelines, no letters are reacheable. She's planning to remit money back to a relative's place in the city area so that they can pass to her family. How can I help her to do the remitting of money?

Was thinking if I can help her open up her own Singapore bank account (but i don't want them to impose the minimum monthly balance thing), or I don't mind using my own bank account to transfer money over.

Farah Erianna

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i am looking for maid agency which uses post dated cheque.. anyone can recommend.. its a headache now looking for indonesia maids. next year indonesia maids are having 1 week once as their off day. i better apply one soon. but i dont know which agency are using post dated cheques.

So Far this list of maid agency does not have the maid supply :


any one can help me..

Farah Erianna

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ok guys, thank to those who reply. Thank God that I am able to get a maid agency with less then 900 for the agency fee n o up front payment, maid salary is through post dated cheques.


Hey it's possible to get a maid without agency. I applied mine myself. Save alooooooooot. N the maid also wont wadte first 8 mths to agent.


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can i check with anyone of you , how much do you spend on buying things to cook for 2adult n 1 3 yrs old kids and maid?
cause i have been spendig $160 for food stuff and at the end the food can only last for 2 weeks , i think my maid was so scary.. she use things quite fast also.. can anyone help? i'm first time hiring maid and this maid has been with me for 1 month plus..