The extra help domestic helpers can provide makes them an indispensable addition to your household. You will be able to relax and take a breather, knowing that the cleaning and cooking are being taken care of. Particularly for families with children or elderly, it can take the weight off your shoulders if you have been juggling with work and family all at once. You will also be able to spend more time with your family and friends.
With about 250,000 Foreign Domestic Workers (FDWs) in Singapore coming from MOM-approved sources of countries, there are various options to consider when it comes to finding the right match for your household. We have previously put together a mini guide on Indonesian and Myanmar domestic helpers and in this article, we rounded up some pointers on domestic helpers from Mizoram (a state in Northeast India) and the Philippines.
Mizoram Foreign Domestic Workers
Mizoram has one of the highest literacy rates in India. While Mizo and Hindi are the official languages, English is also widely used in their everyday lives. Having a common language is an important factor to ensure a smooth, comfortable working experience for everyone. In this case, you can rest assured that communication between you and your Mizoram domestic helper will be less of a barrier.
When hiring a domestic helper for your family, it is important to keep in mind that she may not be able to eat certain foods due to her religious beliefs. Most Mizoram domestic helpers are Christians, and they are not restricted to certain dietary requirements unless it is based on their personal preferences. However, if your domestic helper has to become accustomed to your family’s dietary requirements such as vegetarian food, it is highly recommended that you check this through with her first. For religious purposes, consider allowing her to attend Sunday service at a church when deciding on her weekly rest days.
With a population comprising several tribal groups, Mizoram is rich in traditions and culture. Mizoram domestic helpers come from a close-knit community and treasure kinship. Generally known to be friendly, they are also more self-confident and independent individuals by nature. These are crucial qualities when it comes to integrating her into your family. Once she assimilates the way things work in your household, you can trust that she is capable of handling things efficiently when you are not around.
Filipino Foreign Domestic Workers
Their love for learning and trying out new things makes it easier for Filipino domestic helpers to take on a wide range of tasks in no time. Though they have received training at their respective agencies, this would still be beneficial for you as you teach her the ropes around your household. They also have a relatively good command of English and will be able to connect with children and elderly alike. These qualities are some of the reasons why Filipino domestic helpers remain a highly sought-after choice for many households in Singapore.
A large number of Filipino domestic helpers are Christians. Again, it is highly recommended that you check with her on any dietary preferences. Like Mizoram, she might want to spend her weekly rest days attending Sunday service at church. You can discuss her weekly rest days during her contract negotiation.
Domestic helpers from the Philippines are known for their great personalities and being family-oriented, treating their employer’s family as if it is their own. You can have peace of mind that they are doing their best for your family and tending to your home with care.
Quick Guide to Hiring a Mizoram or Filipino Domestic Helper
With a better understanding of the different characteristics between a Mizoram and Filipino domestic helper, you can do a better matching based on your household requirements. Do note that there are some regulations and procedures from the source countries that you will have to comply to. Here are some tips to guide you along.
The monthly salary of a foreign domestic helper can vary, depending on their work experience, skills and capabilities. According to the Philippine embassy, the salary of Filipino domestic helpers should start from a minimum of around S$580 per month. There are no such salary requirements for Mizoram domestic workers by their embassy but the market rate is around S$460-S$500 per month. The more skilled and experienced domestic helpers will command a correspondingly higher salary. It is encouraged that they get at least one rest day off in a month.
- Eligibility Criteria for Domestic Helpers
In Singapore, domestic helpers come from MOM’s approved source countries. All domestic helpers must comply to the eligibility requirements set out by MOM.
For domestic helpers from the Philippines, there are additional requirements: employers must use the standard employment contract issued by the Philippines government and sign it at the local embassy. They must also buy additional security bond which is on top of the bond required by MOM.
We hope the mini-series on the different characteristics of domestic helpers from Indonesia, Myanmar, Mizoram and the Philippines will help you to make a better informed decision. To ensure a clean, healthy and happy home, it is important to find a reliable employment agency to help you find a good match.
As the leading employment agency since 1992, Nation ensures that only those who qualify would be allowed to work in Singapore. Get in touch with us to start looking for the most suitable domestic helper for you and your family today.