Working full time, returning home tired and looking at the last dinner dishes still left in the washer can make you wonder what kind of life you are living. But no more, thanks to a team of well trained and organized maids, so many people around Singapore are now able to live comfortably without worrying about household chores. Such maids can be arranged from agencies or individually through a verbal agreement.
How can you hire a cleaner in Singapore?
Cleaners can be hired in two ways, one is a full time live in maid while the second is a part-time maid. Now for some hiring, a full-time maid can be unmanageable, firstly as you will have to compromise with your privacy while with ever-growing Singapore and space shortages it’s not possible to keep one at home all time. Part-time maids are usually local, PR, Malaysian or work permits holder. Please note that domestic full-time maid and not allowed to work as a part-time maid in Singapore due to the MOM law.
Most of the people living in Singapore hire maids for household chores on a monthly or part-time basis. What’s the benefit of having a part-time maid?
You don’t have to arrange for space like room and furniture and furnishing Your privacy is not disturbed with an all-time present maid You can call the maid when you have time to get the work done Give them off when you are on vacations Pay then hourly or weekly or monthly according to work requirements.
How much do you need to pay for part-time maids?
Most of the time, the arrangement will require you to pay an hourly wage in a band of 3-4 hours on an average of $18 to $35 per hour. It will cost about $400 for a once a week 4 hours session which consists of a total of 4 cleaning sessions.
Here is a well-researched list of part-time maid services at their current rate in Singapore:
One session of four hours a week will cost you around $400/ month. Two sessions of four hours each per week will cost you $800/ month. For a total of twelve cleaning sessions divided over thrice a week you will be required to pay only $1200.
Apart from the above, cleaning sessions on weekends and public holidays will cost you an additional $20 above normal rates. Also, any additional hour worked will be charged at $30/ hour.
In addition to these, there is a list of one time Ad-Hoc services that can be availed at very reasonable rates. Such Ad-Hoc services are in nature of cleaning of the entire apartment or private property before moving in or out or leasing the property. For example, one person working four hours to clean an apartment of less than 650 square feet will be charged at $160 only. Cleaning rates vary according to the area of the house or apartment. You may get customized quotes from your preferred service provider.
What services does a part-time maid provide?
According to your requirement, you can arrange or make settlement on the nature or kind of service you want from the maid. But generally part-time maids do the following activities:
Vacuuming Dusting mopping
Cleaning toilets and kitchen
Doing the dishes Laundry
Taking out garbage
From the above list, you can customize which services you require and then an agreement can be made verbal or written( if you hire a maid from the agency) on monthly charges.
It should be noted that a part-time maid is helpful and economical when you have limited work with no time on your own to devote to the work. A part-time maid will cost you around $380-$1080 per month.
But having a part-time maid is not advised for those who want the maid to look after kids, cook meals, take care of the house and all other needs. In case if you have such a requirement, it’s suggested that you hire a full-time maid. A full-time maid may charge you around $500-$800 per month excluding the cost of worker’s levy, accommodation, and food.
Benefits of having a maid
When you are working on hectic schedules or running between shifts, or have a family, things can go chaotic if household chores are not attended. Having a part-time maid is a good option wherein you don’t have time to do things by yourself.
A maid can be a great help in doing household chores They save you time and energy. Maids are dedicated to their work. If you live in a shared accommodation you can split the wages. You can save money by foregoing maid services when you go on holidays.
So, if you live in Singapore and looking to hire a maid, consider hiring one on a part-time basis. Owing to exceptionally high living cost, having a bigger apartment with an additional room or a servant’s quarter can be really expensive. While hiring a part-time maid can solve both your requirement for a helper and avoid the cost of a bigger apartment to accommodate a full-time maid.