Three things you need to know before hiring an FDW


Hiring an FDW is a bigger deal than you might think. Afterall you are hiring someone to stay in your home twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week. Here are three important points that you may easily overlook but are very critical.

1] Know the Law.

The Ministry of Manpower, Singapore dictates all the rules regarding your FDW employment. Before Hiring an FDW, you should make sure you are aware of all the rules and regulations. Some of the things to look out for are:

  • You need to make sure that your maid is adequately insured for health and life.
  • The FDW should get a medical checkup every six months.
  • You have to pay a monthly levy every month the FDW is working for you.
  • The FDW should only do household work. You cannot ask her to work for any commercial purpose. (Like working in a shop, making something that you sell, etc.)
  • At the termination of FDWs employment contract, if she is not transferring to another employer, you have to pay for her airfare to the origin country.

You must go through the MOM documentation before even planning to hire an FDW.

2] Know your FDW.

As mentioned earlier, the FDW is going to stay with your family 24×7. Thus it is critical that the maid can fit into your family culture. Everything from the dishes you cook to the way you treat your children is a part of your family culture, and the maid you hire should be able to adapt to it. Many families choose to hire a maid from their own origin country which may be a good basic strategy.

If you are hiring a fresh maid, it is difficult to judge the maid as you will only have 2–3 phone conversation with her before your decision to hire her.

While hiring a transfer maid, you can interview the maid face to face and even ask her to demo her cooking and cleaning skills. Thus it seems to be a much safer option for most employers unless you are looking for a very niche set of skills.

3] Choose Maid Agency carefully.

At 4% there are more consumer complaints in Singapore about Maid Agencies than Travel, Telecom, and even Phones. So, it is critical to be careful while choosing the maid agency. Make sure the maid agency you select understands your needs and have large enough database of FDWs to recommend the best fit for you.

Many maid agencies will also try to hide some portion of fees to lure you. Make sure that you dig up any hidden fees before you go any further. Most maid agencies charges between 2000–2500 SGD for a fresh maid and 900–1500 SGD for a transfer maid. If the agency is claiming fees significantly different than this, consider it a red flag.

If you are hiring a Transfer Maid, you can eliminate the need for a maid agency entirely be using services like is a DIY maid hiring service where the maids looking for transfer can connect with employers.

There are tons of things that you need to take care of while hiring an FDW and of course this list is not exhaustive. But, this can be a good starting point for your FDW hiring process.

You should check out our detailed article on Hiring Transfer Maid Here.

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