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3 Things we must know about maid agencies and hiring a helper in Singapore

3 Things we must know about maid agencies and hiring a helper in Singapore
  1. Is it a good idea to find a domestic helper and handle the paperwork on our own?

If we can find a helper who is highly recommended by a trusted friend, it may be a good idea to employ that helper. However, there have been cases where the friend over-sold the helper’s skills just to be rid of her. There is also the possibility that the helper may fit in with our friend’s family but not with ours. Still, it is a good idea to give the recommended helper a chance to work with our family and see how it goes. If it works out, great! If it does not, at least both of us gave it a shot. If we would like to save on agency fees, then filing the application on our own is fine.

However, there is a lot that needs to be done before the Ministry of Manpower (MOM) approves the application, such as getting written consent from the helper’s current employer and ensuring that she has undergone a medical examination. Detailed instructions, employer guidelines and the necessary application forms can be downloaded from the MOM website at www.mom.gov.sg.

  1. Where do maid agencies find their helpers? And how will we know if they are good?

Many maid agencies have their own international partners who supply to various countries as well as to best maid agency in Singapore. Some agencies source their helpers locally. These helpers are generally trained in the overseas centers.

Whether the helper is “good” is dependent upon her experience, and whether her character matches our needs and requirements. Even so, we will still need to train our helper once she’s working with us, so she will know exactly how you want things done. For example, many helpers are social media-savvy and have smart phones. And while we cannot prohibit our helper from using these, we can talk to her about her usage so her work is not affected.

  1. How do we identify if a helper is right for our family?

This is a tough question to answer. Hiring a helper is often similar to a marriage: If it does not work out, then it does not work out. Firstly, interview the helper in person: Ask about her character, her hobbies and what she does on her days off. Ask her also what a typical work day is like with her current employer. Her answers should give us a good idea of whether she is the right fit for our family.

Additionally, let her know what her job scope will be if she is hired, and what will be expected of her in our home, so that she can decide if this is what she is really looking for. Ask her about her expectations for the new job – salary, curfew time and how she wants issues to be resolved – and share our house rules with her. It is important to keep the channels of communication open always, so we would not have any misunderstandings. For more details about katong shopping centre maid agency click here.

 

 

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4 Things we should know when hiring domestic helper

4 Things we should know when hiring domestic helper

If this is going to be our first time hiring a domestic helper in Singapore too, we hope this article will be helpful to us.

  1. Part time maid or full-time maid

Hire maid in Singapore has never crossed our mind as we prefer more privacy. However, as our husband’s business expand and having to juggle between our business, kids, and housework. The options of getting a domestic helper are eventually open as we are also planning for our next pregnancy. However, we are still pounding whether to get a part time maid or full-time maid.

  1. Who can hire a foreign domestic helper in Singapore?

We can hire a foreign domestic helper if we are one of the following:

  • A Singapore citizen
  • A Singapore permanent resident
  • An employment pass holder
  • A dependent pass holder
  1. Her appearance, height, weight, country

Let’s face it; we normally discuss these factors only with our closer friends and family members. These are the “stereotypes but subjective” factors we usually look into prior interviewing them since we have to screen through their resume first before shortlisting a few of them.

These are seldom discussed openly online since it is stereotypes and subjective. But here is what we would like to share with us (Some advice from closer friends while some are advice from the forum.). Please treat this as a pinch of salt in making our own decision. In any way, sometimes it is based on luck as well.

  1. Fresh new maid or transfer maid

Fresh new foreign domestic helper:

The good thing about hiring new maids is that we can train her with our style of cleaning and cooking etc. There will be lesser arguments and they will adapt to our requirements and expectation easily as they have little or no comparison between us and her previous employers (already have her style of doing things).

However, we will need a lot of patients to teach them since they are still adapting the lifestyle standard in Singapore. If we are expecting our first child, it is wiser to hire them earlier so they can get familiar with the housework stuff before handling a baby.

Transfer foreign domestic helper:

The good thing about transfer maid is that they are more experienced maid with lesser guidance. However, we might be thinking what is the reason for the transfer? Most friends’ advice to avoid transfer maid introduces by maid agency as we would not know the real “truth” of the transfer. Most of them are a problematic maid too.

However, it is safer to accept a transfer maid with our friends’ recommendation (their previous employer) instead. Their previous employer which is also our friend will then give a truthful opinion. To read more about Singapore maid agency fee click here.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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