The cost of getting a maid in Singapore is not quite as straightforward as it may initially seem. While helpers do indeed represent an affordable option for many people, there are a large amount of hidden costs to take into consideration when deciding whether you can afford to recruit a second set of hands. While having extra help on board can be a true blessing, there are a number of hidden costs that may not always be obvious when you’re weighing up your options.
Here’s a quick and simple overview of the cost of getting a maid in Singapore.
Cost of Getting a Maid in Singapore: Initial Costs
- Employer’s orientation program: $28-$40 depending on whether you do the program online or via classroom instruction.
- Agency paperwork processing: $300-$400 (can avoid this cost by doing the paperwork yourself).
- Transfer cost (if recruiting transfer helper): $30 if you do the paperwork yourself, or $650 if you ask an agency to do it on your behalf.
- Work visa processing: $20
- Security bond with MOM: $5000-$7000 depending on the nationality of the helper. Some insurance policies will cover this bond so that you avoid the up-front cost.
- Philipino security bond (additional expense to MOM’s security bond): 40 SGD for the 2000 SGD bond (through an anent) or 70 SGD for the 7000 SGD bond for direct processing.
- Initial medical examination (within 14 days of arrival in Singapore): Around $75
- Settling-in Programme attendance fee: $75
Cost of Getting a Maid in Singapore: Ongoing Costs
- Maid levy: $120 or $265 per month paid direct to the government. Standard levy is $265 but if you qualify for the levy concession scheme the required fee is $120.
- Salary: $500-$750+ per month depending on experience.
- Medical insurance and personal accident insurance: Around $350 (every two years). Medical insurance coverage must be at least $15,000 per year and personal accident insurance must be at least $40,000 per year.
- Home trip flight: $150-$600 depending on time of year and destination.
- Home leave paperwork processing plus overseas exit certificate: Around $250-$300 per trip if your helper has been with you for less than two years (Philippino helpers). $xx if you do it yourself*
- Bi-annual medical: Around $50
- Medical checks: $30-$50 per visit (recommended at least every six months).
- Passport renewal: Around $100-$150 direct with embassy (fees vary according to helper’s nationality) or $350-$400 through agency.
- Dental expenses
So that’s pretty much the cost of having a maid in Singapore in a nutshell. You should always be aware that additional expenses may arise at any time, especially if your helper is in an accident or develops a health condition that isn’t fully covered by your insurance, gets pregnant or, sadly, passes away.
Want to learn more? Check out our guide to maids in Singapore.