It's all relative. Most maids in Indonesia will get between Rp500,000-Rp1,000,000/month (SG$70-150 approx.). Food is cheap, a plate of nasi goreng costs around Rp5,000 (less than $1), and eatting at home cost us (2 adults) about Rp100,000/week and we were eatting very well (we both put on about 10kgs each over a 5 year period). Accomadation is cheap. When I lived in Batam, we had a 4 bedroom house that cost us Rp15,000,000/year ($2,200).Forks wrote:I used to feel bad about the amount I paid my maid but when she told me how much she was making in terms of Indonesian money (better than an average salary there) I didnt
some dont have them work on the weekends. or maybe just mornings only, to help with getting kids breakfasted or whatever. it's really up to you. if i had no kids i certainly wouldnt have mine on weekends. actually, if i had no kids, i probably wouldnt have one! not live in anyway.Zeenit wrote:Maybe I am missing a point ( she says still sitting in the UK) but why would anyone want a maid to be in their home on a weekend. I would want space with my husband and my family.
Wages aren't absolute though. The same income in the Philippines would get you a lot further, but in Singapore general expenses are much higher.Thaiclan wrote:Its a tough one - we bring a woman into our home and feel guilty about her level of poverty and pay her in our mind a decent wage. Yet back in the Philippines a person who has a degree and is a professional with years of experience does not bring home half of what our maid gets and he has an entire family with all the costs associated.
I'm sure if we meditated a bit longer on the subject we would see that we are perpetuating the education problem with girls choosing to be maids (same formula for girls choosing prostitution - or others choosing it for them) rather than becoming professionals and helping their country with a higher skilled workforce. I cannot blame the maids becoming maids (I know what I would do), yet there is most definitely a greater story and bigger picture here. On a macro economic scale it does no good to pay far greater wages than the "going rate" of the country.
Rather we choose to give the benefits of a European worker - 7/8 hour days, 2 days off per week, paid holiday, sick pay PLUS further education/training.
It is even stricter here in Singapore and only locals can work as part timers. There are many agencies etc that you can contact to get part time cleaners etc but employing someone elses domestic helper runs a big risk for all involved.jim&lesley wrote:I noticed that someone mentioned hiring a part time maid. We are relocating from Hong Kong to Singapore and will be looking for a maid to come in probably twice a week for half a day.
Is it easy enough to find someone on this basis?
I know that in HK it is actually illegal for someone an a domestic helper's visa to work on this basis. Does anyone know if that's the same in Singapore?
Any advice on where we should look to find someone for part time housework?
maybe coz expats earn more? get rent free condo? etc, etc.Guowei58 wrote:I think locals in SG pay $300 per month for their live-in maids...I guess there's a big discrepancy between expats and local prices - don't know why that is the case, other than the fact that expats could pay more.
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