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All You Need To Know About Employing Foreign Domestic Workers

Not enough time to juggle work with your family life? Do you need more quality time with you and your children? Seems like you need a domestic worker to help with your chores! For those working adults with families, a full-time domestic worker can help with your cooking, cleaning,shopping, ironing and childcare, taking off a huge load off your plate. Where can you start looking for a domestic worker and what important information do you need to know? We’ve got you covered in this article!

Countries you can employ a maid from

You can only employ maids from Ministry Of Manpower (MOM) approved countries such as Malaysia, Philippines, Indonesia, Thailand, Myanmar, Sri Lanka, India and Bangladesh. If you are specifically looking for Filipino domestic workers or Indonesian domestic workers for instance,you can approach domestic worker agencies specializing in those specific countries to source good quality maids for you. You can find domestic workers easily online or through various foreign domestic worker agencies at Lucky Plaza, Bukit Timah Plaza, Katong Shopping Centre and more.


An overseas domestic worker or foreign domestic worker’s deployment must comply with work permit conditions. As an employer, you are responsible to adhere to the conditions and you will be penalized if your domestic worker is illegally deployed to work for someone else, or perform non-domestic duties.

A foreign domestic worker requires a valid work permit, can only work for her employer, can only perform domestic chores, can only work at the residential address as stated in her work permit, and cannot take on any part-time jobs.She is only allowed to work at another address if she is there to look after your young children or elderly parents. You also have to ensure the prompt renewal of work permit for your domestic worker.

To find out more about the work permit conditions and the renewal of work permit for domestic worker, speak to domestic worker agencies and they will be able to furnish more details. You can also visit the Ministry of Manpower foreign domestic worker guide online.

The minimum wage for domestic workers is$400 - $550 a month, depending on the types of maid you hire. For example, the minimum wage for Filipino domestic workers is at $500 a month.

As an employer, you are also responsible for your maid’s health and well-being. As such, you should provide for rest days, proper accommodation with basic amenities, space and privacy, adequate medical care and safe work conditions.Though domestic workers’ working hours are not fixed, they are entitled to a weekly rest day and should be compensated with at least a day’s salary and a replacement rest day taken within the month, if she agrees to work on her rest day. You and your domestic worker should mutually agree on which day of the week she can take her rest to ensure she gets enough mental and physical rest.



According to the Ministry of Manpower foreign domestic worker guide, you can be fined up to $10,000 for illegally deploying an overseas domestic worker and you will be banned from employing one.

The penalty for employing an overseas domestic worker without a valid work permit is a fine between $5,000 and $30,000, or imprisonment for up to 1 year, or both. Subsequent offenders may face mandatory imprisonment.


To make your maid’s stay comfortable and effective for both parties, try giving her feedback so she knows whether she has done a good job or not. Feel free to feedback to her on the things you like her to improve, and praise her if she has done anything beyond your expectations. You may also want to reward your maid for the good work done, in the form of a small amount of cash or an extra day off, or even a simple meal, which I’m sure they will be more than grateful for. Everyone, including us, will respond positively to praises and will been couraged to work even harder.

If you have children at home, pay attention to whether or not they are happy with her. They are a great litmus test to see how she interacts with them when you are not around. They should also treat her with respect. Communication is key so try to help your maid and understand her language difficulties. Giving her a schedule or timetable is important to let her know the rules of the house and the important tasks she needs to priorities.