450$ is a bit on the stingy side, I would think, although many families are not as well off as expatriats...I would at least pay the recommended minimum of 600$, after all, everything in Singapore is going to the stars, except incomes, and many of these poor maids, have families to keep too!fairground wrote:Hi
My maid has been with us 2 years now and we are paying $450 per month. She tells me that her friends earn $600 per month ( as recommended by Phillipines Embassy - I looked it up and they do indeed recommend this salary)
I was just wondering what the market rate is per month for maids now - what do you pay your maid?
I shouldn't worry too much about it, you are probably the kind of people to make up for your errors,fairground wrote:THanks for the feedback - I will pay her the $600 pm, - but just wanted to check if that is still below the average! I am a little shocked by how I was underpaying her - she came to us via a maid agency and 2 years ago they told me that the salary was $350, our maid was new to Singapore but even so....... Being new to Singapore then , we assumed was market rate (and this website still indicates that as a starting point on their domestic helpers info - perhaps they should update this pointing out the recommended salary set by Phillipines Govt. )
We give her public hols. Sundays , 13th month , bonuses etc, so I thought we were treating her well but now I am a little concerned that we are one of those 'bad' employers you here stories about !
Rest assured, you're still on the good side. There are maids in Singapore working 24/7/365 and earning less than S$200/month, with the first year or two or that deducted for the maid agency's expenses... and the really unlucky ones get beaten up, raped and/or shafted of their money to boot.fairground wrote:We give her public hols. Sundays , 13th month , bonuses etc, so I thought we were treating her well but now I am a little concerned that we are one of those 'bad' employers you here stories about !
The maid's disposable income is indeed a valid calculation in computing what one should pay for semi-skilled labor.sundaymorningstaple wrote:Ooohhhh! I see the maid disposable income discussion rearing it's head again. At least this time, hopefully, all you newbies can get into it. Last time it was me & WIMH against the "they are only maids brigade". It's been over a year since this one was broached.
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