Frequently Asked Questions


Who can apply for a Foreign Domestic Worker (FDW)/Domestic Maid?

Singapore Citizens, Permanent Residents and Foreigners who are holding valid employment or work passes who are a) 21 years old and above b) not be an undischarged bankrupt c) have the mental capacity to fully understand and discharge the responsibility as an employer.


Paying levy for a FDW/Domestic Maid

As an employer, you need to pay a levy on your FDW/domestic maid. If your domestic maid is a first-time FDW, the levy will begin on the 5th day of her arrival. The current maid levy is S$265 (normal rate) or S$60 (concessionary rate applies to families with a child who is a Singapore citizen below 16 years old, elderly member who is a Singapore citizen above 65 years old or person with disability).

Employers are required to pay the maid levy via GIRO. The levy for each month will be automatically deducted from the bank account on the 17th of the following month (or the next working day if it falls on a weekend or public holiday).


Security bond requirements for FDW/Domestic Maid

A security bond is a binding pledge to pay the government (up to $5000) if the employer breaks the law or the conditions governing the employment of a FDW/maid. Bonds usually take the form of an insurance.


Selecting a FDW/Domestic Maid

It is important to have realistic expectations when selecting a domestic maid for your household. Employers should evaluate the suitability of the maids by comparing their biodata sheet and performance evaluation in PDF. The biodata contains information about the maids which have been accessed by their trainers.

Additionally, employers can conduct interview with the shortlisted FDW/domestic maids via phone/video.


Managing your FDW/Domestic Maid

It is important to have realistic expectations when hiring/managing maids. The FDW/maids come from countries where environment and cultures can be very different from Singapore. While quality training at the training centres may help to bridge the gap to a certain extent, employers will need to allow the FDW/maid time to adapt to a new cultural and work environment.

The employer is responsible for the well-being of the FDW/domestic maid working for their household. Basic accommodation, amenities, food and medical care should be provided for and sufficient rest must be given to keep her fit and productive while working for the family.

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