Finally, the ban on export of Filipino maid from the Philippine is lifted. In the past few weeks, the Philippines government has carried out a series of action to eliminate rogue employment agency in an effort to protect its labour which include the maid.
In Singapore, the maid is officially called foreign domestic workers. It is called foreign as probably no Singaporean works as a maid and maid, like other foreign labour, will need to apply for a work permit in order to work in Singapore legally.
It is called domestic as the maid will live in the same house as the employer.
Filipino maids are known for their professionalism and this is a well-known fact in the world. While some people thinks lowly about the job, but many Filipino maids are proud of their job. In fact, there is not low or high job, as long as it is legal, everyone can be proud of it.
Because of this, employers in Singapore also like to hire them.
Singaporean employers like Filipino maid for another reason: Filipino maids can speak relatively good English – an official language in Singapore. This makes it easy for the employer to communicate with them and save a of time and trouble as well as many unnecessary conflicts.
There are more and more Myanmar maids working in Singapore.
This is because cost of Myanmar maid is the lowest as compared to maids from the Philippine, Indonesia or Indian. Their monthly salary is 450 which is about 20% less than what Indonesian maids or Filipino maids earn.
Myanmar maid is also known for good temper. This is one of the reason why they are becoming more and more popular in Singapore.
Maid agency also like to bring Myanmar maids into Singapore market as the Myanmar maids are willing to pay higher recruitment fee. So far, there is no rule to restrict how much the maid agency can get from the maid. For Indonesian maid or Filipino maids, their governments restrict how much the employment agency can charge.
It is believed that Myanmar government will roll out some rule that is similar.
Of course, law enforcement is also important. If there is a rule, but not enforcement, the maid agency will happily exploit the opportunity to their advantage.
If you intend to hire a Myanmar maid to take care of baby during confinement, it is good to get one who is married with children. This is to make sure the maid has experience in taking care of small one.
It should be noted that difference countries have difference culture and custom, that is why the practice during confinement may vary from one country to another country.