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Part Time and Live In

Post by MH2234 » Mon, 12 Dec 2011 4:56 pm

Hi

My wife and I (no kids) have just moved to Singapore and while we can't justify getting a full time helper, the cost of a part time helper seems to be almost the same.

Does anyone know any local (not foreign) helpers who would be happy to live-in, work for us 3 days a week and then do other casual work for other families for the rest of the week? We would offer accommodation and provide all meals so would expect a reduced hourly rate.

Please message me if you know anyone who may be interested in doing this.

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Post by movingtospore » Tue, 13 Dec 2011 3:09 pm

There are probably lots who would like to do that, but it's totally and completely illegal under the foreign domestic work scheme, and you'll end up with a host of problems you probably don't want. I suppose it's possible that you could find a legal part-timer who might want to live with you for a discount? Unlikely though. The only legal part-timers I've heard of are Malaysian PRs etc and usually have their life set up quite nicely here.

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Post by nakatago » Tue, 13 Dec 2011 3:17 pm

OP said "not foreign" so it's implied that it's PR or higher.
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Post by the lynx » Tue, 13 Dec 2011 3:50 pm

For that requirement, your option is either Singaporean or PR domestic helpers as it is legal for them to work like that.

Usually the ones who do that are of middle-aged and older women and they go by personal recommendations (I doubt there is any agency for this type of domestic helpers).

Some of these domestic helpers are 'stationed' around Bukit Timah, Upp Thomson and East Coast area where most of the residents are expats. So each of them has different schedules with different families and it is completely legit. I hear that some even place name cards or pamphlets into mailboxes to promote themselves.

Try asking your friends who happen to stay around those areas, chances are that they may have a name or two.

(Do note that these local/PR domestic helpers may command higher rate)

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Post by ecureilx » Tue, 13 Dec 2011 4:31 pm

the lynx wrote: Usually the ones who do that are of middle-aged and older women and they go by personal recommendations (I doubt there is any agency for this type of domestic helpers).
A couple of friends who spend little time in Singapore, engage the Ah-mah on wheels, whenever they are here, - sort of on-call helps, who come in and do the cleaning, change linen, and such, and was told that the said employees are not-Singaporean / not-PR (PRC, to be precise)

A google search may find some of them ..

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Post by sanjivvohra » Sun, 18 Dec 2011 7:54 pm

Depends on how much you value your privacy.
Part time help three times a week will set you back S$180 to S$240 per week ( assuming three hours per trip).

Full time will set you back by the same amount.
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Post by ecureilx » Mon, 19 Dec 2011 9:53 am

sanjivvohra wrote:Depends on how much you value your privacy.
Part time help three times a week will set you back S$180 to S$240 per week ( assuming three hours per trip).

Full time will set you back by the same amount.
and you forgot whether you got the best chance to have peace of mind - i.e. a responsible maid ..

And oh, I forgot, recently somebody wrote in the news that while maids are being black listed, so should employers .. :D :D

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Post by loretz » Tue, 10 Jan 2012 11:34 am

please advertise in the classifieds section of this site and not in the forum.

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Post by x9200 » Tue, 10 Jan 2012 1:22 pm

loretz wrote:[..] i been with Ah mah agency, they also charge us whenever they give us a client..
What is a perfectly reasonable approach.

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