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Congratulations to both you and your foreign domestic worker for a successful employment. Planning for her home leave application would be the next step after the renewal of employment with you. Do note that even if your helper is planning to go back to her country or homeland for a short holiday during her contract term, know that there are certain rules she needs to comply with to be allowed to re-enter Singapore to continue her employment with you. Immigration requirements vary from country to country and depend on factors such as the foreign domestic worker’s source country requireme..
    Island Maids is an experienced & established maid agency that strive to provide the highest service to our clients. We are also rated as the Top Provider in the Maid Industry at   To ensure the New Foreign Domestic Workers (FDW) is mentally prepared to commence work in Singapore, Island Maids Training School the training wing of the Island Maids Group of Companies provides a complimentary one day Mindset & Integration Training. In this full 7 hour course, the maids from Indonesia,..
Interviewing Maids? 3 Key Observations to increase the effectiveness of the maid interview.
If you are an employer of a maid or is in the process of hiring a maid for the first time, you would have probably interviewed a number of maid at the maid agency in Singapore before making your decision on hiring the most suitable one. The questions is, how effective is the interview going to be? "Lets be honest here! More than half the time, you are going to get standard well prepared answers, or an okay or yes reply even if the domestic helper do not understand your question."Any Singapore maid agency who tells you that you can totally trust what they say without el..
Why do Singaporeans prefer employing maids from Indonesia?
Singapore employs domestic help from a number of countries that includes Indonesia, Myanmar, India, The Philippines, and Cambodia. So why are Indonesian Maids a popular choice for Singaporeans?  We look in to a number of factors.1) Language A good number of Singaporeans understands and speaks Malay and this is especially so for the elderlies. The Malay language is very similar to Bahasa Indonesia and are generally mutually intelligible. Hence, with the advantage of basic communication, the Indonesian domestic helpers gain an upper hand. 2) Cooking Style ..
So you have you come to the conclusion that managing work and your household chores are getting too much for you to take. It's taking up too much time and it leaves you with little to enjoy precious moments with your family. Now you have decided to engage the help of a domestic helper. Amidst the options given to you by your maid agency, which nationality of maids should you engage? An Indonesian Maid? A maid from Myanmar? or perhaps a Mizoram Maid? Does it really matter?   In fact it does. Well, the truth is there are many things to consider. Cultu..
What should I do when my maid runs away?
What should I do when my maid runs away?   Have you ever found yourself in a situation whereby you reach home only to find your maid missing? There were no tell tale signs, everything was going on just fine, and one day, she decides to take off. What should you do? What are the implications?    When such an incident happen, it can get a little troublesome as being an employer, your are responsible for the well being of your maid as long as she is in Singapore. We break down the recommended actions you should take upon discovering the absence of your maid.  ..
What happens if I can't find my maid?
Previously we spoke about what you should do when your maid runs away. If you have missed out reading this, please click on this link: My Maid Ran Away.   Over here, we'll discuss on your liabilities as a domestic employer and what you can do if you experience such an incident.    The first thing that comes to the employers' mind other than then safety of their maid is the amount of monetary lost they would have to incur. What happens to the Agency Fee paid to the Maid Agent? Can I get a refund on the maid loan? Let us ..
According to the Ministry of Manpower's (MOM) requirements, there are 2 types of insurance coverage and a security bond guarantee before a maid can start work here in Singapore.     1) Personal Accident                  - $40,000 coverage 2) Hospital & Surgical Expense - $15,000 per year coverage  3) Security Bond                        - $5,000   All these components are usually packaged together under different maid insuran..
Tell tale signs it is time to change your maid...
Time and circumstances can change a person's motivation to work which in turns affects the quality and attitude towards work. This applies to the situation faced by your Maid in Singapore as well. What causes these changes? How can you observe such behavioural differences that tells you its probably time you look for someone to takeover this role?   Some likely causes for changes in your maid's behaviour: 1) She is bored of the routined job 2) She has earned what she think is enough 3) She is being influenced by others on job expectations  ..
Indonesian Maid gets 18 months jail term reduced to 4. A fair sentence?
An Indonesian maid, Kusrini Caslan Arja, 37, who has pleaded guilty to ill-treating a bedridden boy was sentenced to 4 months' jail term instead of the prosecution's call earlier for the maid to be jailed for 18 months. According to District Judge Low Wee Ping, the prosecution's sentencing proposal was "manifestly excessive" as the maid had no ill intention of harming the child unlike other cases of child abuse which had wilful intent.    On 23rd of November 2016, while Kusrini was performing her duty to remove phleg..
Why you should consider employing a Mizoram Maid?
POPULATION First, let us provide you with a little background information about this little state in India. Mizoram has a population base of roughly 1,091,014. The literacy rate of Mizoram in 2011 was 91.33 per cent, higher than the national average 74.04 per cent, and second best among all the states of India. About 52% of Mizoram population lives in urban areas, much higher than India's average. Over one third of the population of Mizoram lives in Aizawl district, which hosts the capital.    LANGUAGE Mizo is the official language and the most widely used langu..
Husband & Wife jailed for starving maid
Lim Choon Hong and his wife were jailed three weeks and 3 months respectively in addition to a fine of $10,000 for starving their maid for 15 months in a case of maid abuse in Singapore. The prosecutor however, will be appealing the sentence, asking for a longer term of 12 months' jail term for each individual.    The couple was found guilty of not providing adequate food for their Filipino Domestic Helper, Thelma Oyasan Gawidan, while she worked for them. This is despite Thelma pleading them for more food. In April 2014, she managed to escape and seek h..
New Service by Singtel helps Indonesian Maids remit money to their families fast
Indonesian Maids can now remit money back home to their families who currently do not have a bank account through their new service, Singtel Dash. In addition to this, they can also choose to remit money to a bank account in Indonesia. Each transaction comes with a fee of $9 and is capped at $999 per transfer and the recipients can cash out the money at more than 4,500 cash-out points across Indonesia at their post offices.    To use the service, the Indonesian maids must first register at SingCash outlets at Lucky Plaza and City Pla..
We all have times when we need help in our lives, and we should not shy away from the thought of asking help. You may end up being burnt out, stressed and lethargic in the end if you choose to do everything by yourself. This would have a great impact on your health and eventually it would affect the lives of the ones you love as well as a family’s dynamics and day-to-day health. Should you need to hire a helper at home, a maid employment agency is here to get you a suitable candidate to distribute the workload at home. Here are two signs that could indicate that you need help 1. You h..
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