1) How much is the maid levy?
The monthly levy for a Foreign Domestic Worker (FDW) is $265.
For employers who meet the following criteria, they will be paying
the concession levy of $120 per month:
- Employers with young children below the age of 12; or
- Employers with elderly person (above the age of 65) having the
same residential address
Levy charges begin one day after she arrives in Singapore. For
first-time FDW, the levy will begin on the fourth day of her
arrival (excluding the day of arrival). Payment should be made via
GIRO. All GIRO deduction will be made on the 17th of the following
month. The FDW's Work Permit (WP) will be cancelled if the employer
fails to maintain a valid GIRO account. Employers can view their
levy bills online by registering for the Internet Foreign Worker Levy Billing (iFWLB)
2) Why should I approach a maid agency?
When you wish to hire a maid, there are several procedures to
follow. From picking the girls upon arrival till the work permit is
issued, all these chores are time-consuming. By engaging an agency,
it will help to save so much of your time. We will act on your
behalf to save you all the hassle.
3) What are transfer maids?
Transfer maids are FDW who are working in Singapore and due to
various reason, they are back to the agency to seek new employment.
Employers will get to interview them in person.
4) What are new maids?
New maids are potential FDW waiting for employment in their home
country. Employers will select them based on biodatas proposed by
the agency. For some nationalities, employers will be able to
conduct a phone/video interview
5) I wish to transfer my maid, what are my
Under the Work Permit Conditions, so long as the work permit is
under the employer, he/she is legally responsible for the FDW even
though consent were given to the FDW. All responsibilities will
cease only when the work permit has been cancelled of FDW has been
transferred to the new employer. As such, you are still liable for
the food & lodging including medical expenses for the FDW.
6) Am I responsible to buy an air ticket and repatriate my
maid when she is the one whom initiated to break the contract
Yes, under Work Permit Conditions, the employer shall bear the
full cost of repatriation at all times.
7) Can I employ 2 maids?
Employers must fulfil the following criteria before they can
proceed to apply for additional maid :
- Residing in a 4 room flat or above; and
- Employer with at least 2 children under the age of 18; or
- Employers with 2 elderly above the age of 60; or
- Employer with 1 child under the age of 12 and 1 elderly above
the age of 60 having the same residential address
However, please note that the application is still subject to