Total cost of hiring a maid – Are you looking to hire a maid? Whether you are looking to hire a maid for new parent, or looking to hire a maid for elderly parent, you need to know the total costs of hiring one.
Here is our full breakdown of the cost of hiring a maid in Singapore.
Maid Agency Fees
Fees payable to the maid agency for sourcing, processing and bringing the maid from overseas to Singapore for you.
Between $100 to $2,000
Setting In Program
Cost payable to MOM for setting-in-program that all maids have to attend.
$75 total, paid by employer
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Work Permit Application & Issuance
Cost payable to MOM for work permit paperwork for pass application and pass issuance.
Foreign Domestic Worker (FDW) Levy
Levy for overseas worker working in Singapore.
For normal maids:
First FDW: $300
Subsequent FDW: $450
For concession grant available maids:
Read more about the levy rates here.
Paid using the maid’s salary, paid upfront by you.
That means you would not need to pay your maid’s salary for the first X months (see below) once you paid upfront.
Between 4-6 months upfront
Usually between $450 to $650 per month SGD
Amount MOM requires you to pledge to ensure you do not break any of the MOM regulations for maids.
$5,000 pledged (can be offset by insurance company paying on your behalf for a small fee)
Insurance for your maid required by MOM Law.
Basic plans cover death and total permanent disability, but also has comprehensive plans including hospital stays etc.
Starting from $238 for FWD and upwards.
Other cost of hiring a maid not factored in
- Food costs
You are required to cover 3 meals a day for your domestic helper
- Off day salary costs
If your maid works on her weekly off day, you are required to compensate her as well
- Medical costs
All medical costs she undergoes when under your employment will need to be covered as well
Concessions / Grants Available
Currently, there are three categories under the Foreign Domestic Worker levy concessions that allow you to pay the monthly levy of $60 instead of the usual $300.
- Young Child/Grandchild Scheme
If there is a child or grandchild who is a Singapore Citizen, 16 years old or younger and living with you.
- Aged Person Scheme
If there is an elderly family member who is a Singapore Citizen, 67 years old and above and living with you. Since 1 Apr 2019, the qualifying age for the aged person scheme will be raised from 65 to 67. This is in light of improving life expectancy and health of Singaporeans.
- Person With Disabilities (PWD) Scheme
If there is a person with disabilities who needs help with at least 1 activity of daily living (ADL), such as showering, eating, dressing or getting around. Alternatively, if the disability is not so severe, you can apply for a monthly grant to subsidise the levy cost of the domestic helper.
If you hire an FDW to care for a family member who requires permanent assistance with 3 or more ADLs, you may qualify for a monthly grant of $200 under the Home Caregiving Grant.
From 1 Oct 2019, the Home Caregiving Grant ($200) will be available for families who need to hire a maid for caregiving services.
In order to qualify, families need to go through a means test.
Recipients must be either Singaporean citizen or PRs and live in Singapore.
Additionally, the household income per person is $2,800 or less and the annual value of property for household without income is $13,000 or less. A family member must been permanent help with 3 or more ADLs.
Say you are hiring a maid for caregiving services at $600. You pay a decreased levy at $60 and get a cash payout of $200 to defray costs. This means you pay an affordable $460 per month for a domestic helper (other one-time costs apply).
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