How much does a New Maid Cost to the Employer?
It usually costs an agent in Singapore around S$800 to S$1,600 to fly in a maid and process work permit and papers in her overseas country alone. These go to pay the partnering overseas agent's recruitment cost, processing fees, training fees and air ticket cost.
There are 2 mains components of costs “charged to the employer” listed in the MOM's Standard Service Agreement :
1. Agency Service Fees – this differs with countries as the overseas costs differ. Ranges from about S$800 to S$2000. Fees that may be quoted in the Service Fees or separately as “documentation or other names” included are:
a. Overseas Costs – all recruitment cost , training, accommodation, “documentation”, exit permits.
b. Singapore Costs included or quoted separately under “Other costs such as transportation or SIP" (1) MOM Work Permit Application Fees _S$35 (2) Medical Examination of about S$50. (3) MOM Issuance Fees S$35 (4) Airport Pick up (5) Settling In Programme S$75 (6) Transportation
2. Overseas Placement Fees – this is sometime called the “salary deduction”. This is the amount the employer pays to the Agency on the Maid’s behalf for overseas costs incurred by the Singaporean agency and its overseas supplying agent. This Placement fees may range from 2 months to 6 months’ of the maid’s salary. The total sum could S$ 2,400 to 3,600.
3. Additional Costs
Security Bond costs of S$250 to S$ 350 (with differing coverage and benefits, and bond waiver) covering:
a. Maid’s Medical Insurance of at least S$15,000
b. Maid’s Personal Accident Insurance of S$ 60,000 a year