• Singapore 'will be hit hard' if Jakarta imposes maid ban

    Posted on: 17 February 2015

    A potential ban on Indonesian maids working overseas will have a major impact on Singapore, which depends heavily on Indonesia for domestic help, said maid agents here. There are 125,000 Indonesian maids in Singapore, based on Indonesian Embassy estimates, making up about half of the 218,300 domestic worker population here. "Indonesia has been a good and reliable source country for domestic workers for so many years. The impact would be huge," said Ms Shirley Ng, owner of Orange Employment Agency. "A potential ban is serious. If it happens, the maid industry would be affected badly," said Mr Gary Chin, owner of Nation Employment,...

  • Hiring maids becoming more costly with tighter regulations

    Posted on: 19 January 2015

    Tighter regulations may soon make hiring foreign maids from Indonesia and the Philippines a more costly affair. The Philippine government is looking to introduce a quota on foreign maids in Singapore, which could see the supply of maids here dropping by as much as 20 per cent. The Indonesian government has also raised the minimum monthly salaries of Indonesian maids here to $500, up from the previous $450 level. Mr Vicente Cabe, labour attache at the Philippine Embassy here, told The Straits Times that a new cap on the number of maids coming to Singapore each month will be announced next month. Currently, there...