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Average helpers wage in Singapore

Postby orangeskies » Sat, 18 May 2013 11:26 am

I am moving from HK to Singapore in the summer and wondered what an average wage is for a live in helper in Singapore? I heard that it is less than Hong Kong?

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Postby sundaymorningstaple » Sat, 18 May 2013 11:54 am

It depends on the flavour of the domestic helper.

The most expensive are Filipinos plus monthly levy of $265/mo

http://the-singapore-guide.com/domestic ... singapore/

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Postby Hannieroo » Mon, 20 May 2013 11:40 pm

$310? Seriously? Man, I wish I hadn't read that.

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Postby ecureilx » Tue, 21 May 2013 9:36 am

Hannieroo wrote:$310? Seriously? Man, I wish I hadn't read that.


I cannot speak for Indonesians, but .. when in Philippines, most mall workers and the like, working 12 hours take home 6,000 peso or so after so many deductions ..

So a nett-remit of 310$ is not bad .. :)

Most agents try to stick to the 500 $ pay for Maids



PS: I am not so sure, but .. if you can, find out the 'base pay' for Myanmar Maids .. do let me know their base pay and how much they do get in their hands, after deductions ..

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Postby QRM » Tue, 21 May 2013 10:47 am

We pay $650 plus end of year bonus and annual holiday back home, she is worth every penny! She can cook 5 star restaurants meals, even maintaining a herb garden for her cooking, she knows how to run the whole house like an Aman resort, right down to folded triangles on the torn edge of bog rolls.

At the end of the day you get what you pay for, I know one who is getting paid 900 plus but she is like the PA for the whole family (Sorting out flights holidays online etc.)

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Postby ecureilx » Tue, 21 May 2013 1:29 pm

QRM wrote:We pay $650 plus end of year bonus and annual holiday back home, she is worth every penny! She can cook 5 star restaurants meals, even maintaining a herb garden for her cooking, she knows how to run the whole house like an Aman resort, right down to folded triangles on the torn edge of bog rolls.

At the end of the day you get what you pay for, I know one who is getting paid 900 plus but she is like the PA for the whole family (Sorting out flights holidays online etc.)


And I know another one who earns more than that, much much more .. and is almost part of the family, and the kids at the employer's place are all grown up and left the house .. she has pretty much all the time in the world and the employer pays for her to travel to other countries for some migrant / labour welfare programs / speeches etc..

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Postby nakatago » Tue, 21 May 2013 1:47 pm

ecureilx wrote:
QRM wrote:We pay $650 plus end of year bonus and annual holiday back home, she is worth every penny! She can cook 5 star restaurants meals, even maintaining a herb garden for her cooking, she knows how to run the whole house like an Aman resort, right down to folded triangles on the torn edge of bog rolls.

At the end of the day you get what you pay for, I know one who is getting paid 900 plus but she is like the PA for the whole family (Sorting out flights holidays online etc.)


And I know another one who earns more than that, much much more .. and is almost part of the family, and the kids at the employer's place are all grown up and left the house .. she has pretty much all the time in the world and the employer pays for her to travel to other countries for some migrant / labour welfare programs / speeches etc..


That's not a maid...that's an agent. (dundundundun dun dun...)

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Postby ecureilx » Tue, 21 May 2013 2:42 pm

nakatago wrote:That's not a maid...that's an agent. (dundundundun dun dun...)


ssshhhhhhhhhhhhhhh .. don't reveal the secret now ..

Forgot to say, that the agencies are are 'pro-govt' ;) ;)

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Postby Hannieroo » Tue, 21 May 2013 7:15 pm

ecureilx wrote:
Hannieroo wrote:$310? Seriously? Man, I wish I hadn't read that.


I cannot speak for Indonesians, but .. when in Philippines, most mall workers and the like, working 12 hours take home 6,000 peso or so after so many deductions ..

So a nett-remit of 310$ is not bad .. :)

Most agents try to stick to the 500 $ pay for Maids



PS: I am not so sure, but .. if you can, find out the 'base pay' for Myanmar Maids .. do let me know their base pay and how much they do get in their hands, after deductions ..


I know but they work here not there. I can't helping the lower wages are coupled with poorer working conditions. For me a helper would be freedom and freedom should be treasured and paid what they are worth to you.

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Postby Strong Eagle » Wed, 22 May 2013 12:44 am

I think that, at a minimum, you should allow at least $15 per day, or $450 per month in wages. $15 per day doesn't go a long way in Singapore for things like toiletries, clothing, entertainment, and a phone. $20 per day is better still.

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Postby ecureilx » Wed, 22 May 2013 8:51 am

Hannieroo wrote:I know but they work here not there. I can't helping the lower wages are coupled with poorer working conditions. For me a helper would be freedom and freedom should be treasured and paid what they are worth to you.


yah .. agreed .. then again, it is basic economics.

Now that Myanmar says they want to reduce the export of maids, Cambodia wants to step in, as is the case in Malaysia - most of the new maids in Malaysia are Cambodians .. Supply-demand and basic market forces at work.

Strong Eagle wrote:I think that, at a minimum, you should allow at least $15 per day, or $450 per month in wages. $15 per day doesn't go a long way in Singapore for things like toiletries, clothing, entertainment, and a phone. $20 per day is better still.


Then again, unlike professionals and the like, FDWs get meal, accommodation and except the rare few, toiletries and all rest all paid by employer.

Only the rare few morons refuse to pay for the basics ...

So the pay is 'take home' .. no expenses ..

PS: and a lot of wise maids don't want to go out on their off day, due to the above reason - going out = costs money .. money which the employer will not give - better stay put and sleep and rest ..

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Postby PNGMK » Wed, 22 May 2013 11:21 am

Strong Eagle wrote:I think that, at a minimum, you should allow at least $15 per day, or $450 per month in wages. $15 per day doesn't go a long way in Singapore for things like toiletries, clothing, entertainment, and a phone. $20 per day is better still.


Under the FDW rules (I recently did the training course here) the employer has to pay or provide all meals (except day off), toiletries, some basic clothes and is expected to provide some entertainment (a TV) in addition to the wage. The idea is that the maid should be able to take home or remit most of her pay and some maids ask for the employer to hold their bank book for this reason. How much is a maids uniform I wonder?

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Postby ecureilx » Wed, 22 May 2013 11:29 am

PNGMK wrote:Under the FDW rules (I recently did the training course here) the employer has to pay or provide all meals (except day off), toiletries, some basic clothes and is expected to provide some entertainment (a TV) in addition to the wage. The idea is that the maid should be able to take home or remit most of her pay and some maids ask for the employer to hold their bank book for this reason. How much is a maids uniform I wonder?


for my own self, I am a bit amused to see some employers dress their maids in "UNIFORMS" .. did you mean 'dress' ?? :D :D




or did you have something else in mind when you said Maid uniform ?? Pardon moi if so .. ;) ;)

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Postby PNGMK » Wed, 22 May 2013 12:02 pm

ecureilx wrote:
PNGMK wrote:Under the FDW rules (I recently did the training course here) the employer has to pay or provide all meals (except day off), toiletries, some basic clothes and is expected to provide some entertainment (a TV) in addition to the wage. The idea is that the maid should be able to take home or remit most of her pay and some maids ask for the employer to hold their bank book for this reason. How much is a maids uniform I wonder?


for my own self, I am a bit amused to see some employers dress their maids in "UNIFORMS" .. did you mean 'dress' ?? :D :D




or did you have something else in mind when you said Maid uniform ?? Pardon moi if so .. ;) ;)



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Postby Steve1960 » Wed, 22 May 2013 12:14 pm

Love the maid uniform, not sure I could get the wife to accept it though


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