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What Is A Maid Levy?

Hiring a maid is no ordinary feat in Singapore. According to a recent study, there are 150,000 maids registered in Singapore and their salaries have been steadily increasing. Before calculating the costs of hiring a helper, you should research on the different types of maid services and maid agencies. Usually top maid agencies will have a variety of maid services prices and information such as maid transfer,maid levy and more to provide you with. They will also advise you on the different professional maid services they can offer.

But before you even approach an agency, there are some basic maid services costs you should not overlook, such as a monthly levy.

The monthly levy is also known as the foreign worker levy, a pricing mechanism to regulate the number of foreign workers in Singapore. Even though you do not have to pay Central Provident Fund (CPF) contributions for your foreign domestic worker, there is a monthly levy you have to pay. The levy ends when the worker’s work permit is cancelled or expires.

You may qualify for a levy concession and apply for a levy waiver in certain situations. 

How Much Is The Levy Rate?

Type of levy

Monthly rate

Daily rate








How To Pay?

One of the payment methods is via General Inter back Recurring Order (GIRO). If you don’t have a GIRO account, you may apply for one using the GIRO application form. Each monthly levy will automatically be deducted from your bank account on the 17th of the following month, or the next working day if it falls on a weekend or public holiday.
The levy for January 2016 will be deducted on 17 February 2016.
Alternatively, you can pay the levy through different payment modes such as NETS, Cash or Cash Card at any SingPost office with FWL Payment Advice (FWL 50A). Cheques, credit cards and internet banking are also accepted.
You can view your levy bills online using your SingPass at MOM’s website. It is important that you update your levy payment records regularly as you don’t want to miss a payment with these penalties:

  • You will be charged a late payment penalty
  • Your foreign domestic worker’s work permit will be revoked
  • You won’t be allowed to apply for, renew or issue a new work permit
  • Legal action may be taken against you

A penalty of 2%, or $20 per month, whichever is higher, will be charged for late payment and is capped at 30% of the outstanding levy.


Application For Levy Waiver

You can apply for the waiver if your maid:

  • is on overseas leave for at least 7consecutive days
  • fails to return to Singapore after overseas leave
  • is on hospitalisation leave (Singapore hospitals only)
  • is under police custody
  • has been granted Singapore Permanent Resident status
  • is on board a vessel which leaves Singapore’s port for at least 3 consecutive days
  • is serving National Service in his/her country for 3 months
  • is deceased

Most foreign workers seeking a job in Singapore will have to go through the MOM Employment Agencies & Personnel Search website, where they can find top maid employment agencies looking to hire qualified and skilled workers. It also helps if the agency is a certified and accredited MOM maid agency. From there, they can find the ipreferred employment agency, which, in this case could be a Philippine maid agency for example.They agency will then advise on the paperwork for a maid transfer and the like.