Direct-Hire Transfer Maid vs Engaging an Agency In Singapore

In today’s fast-paced society, many Singaporean families depend on Migrant Domestic Workers (MDWs) to run the household. If you’re looking to hire a helper for an extra pair of hands around the house, you probably would be aware that you either have the option of directly hiring a transfer maid or engaging a maid agency in Singapore. How exactly do they differ, and which option should you choose? Let us break it down for you:

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Candidate Pool

If you’re looking for a helper who can start work as soon as possible, the simplest method will be to look for a transfer maid who is already in Singapore. However, note that there is only a very limited selection of transfer maids available, and you may have to forgo some of your requirements in order to find a helper in the shortest time possible. On the other hand, if you choose to engage a maid agency in Singapore like Homekeeper, you will have access to an extensive pool of candidates, so you’ll be more likely to find someone that matches your requirements.

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To hire a helper in Singapore, you will need to prepare all necessary employment paperwork mandated by the Ministry of Manpower (MOM), including work permits and insurance policies. If you choose to take the direct-hire route, you will have to go through the complexities of preparing the documents on your own. Alternatively, you can engage a maid agency to take care of all these administrative tasks in an efficient manner, saving you time and effort.

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Pre-employment Training

At Homekeeper Maid Agency, all of our candidates undergo a comprehensive pre-employment training programme to cater to your specific home care needs, including infant & maternal care, elderly & disability care and general housekeeping. A direct-hire transfer maid may not be professionally trained to handle specific aspects of your household.

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Frequently Asked Questions About Transfer Maid Agency in Singapore

Is it cheaper to hire a transfer maid in Singapore?

Directly hiring a transfer maid in Singapore may appear to be the more affordable option as it eliminates the need for additional expenses like your helper’s air ticket. However, keep in mind that you will have to bear the costs of finding a replacement helper should any issues arise. On the other hand, when you engage a maid employment agency like Homekeeper, you won’t have to worry about going through the hiring process all over again – we will take care of everything and get you a replacement in the shortest time possible. Hence, hiring a foreign domestic worker through an agency may be the more cost-efficient option in the longer run.

How can I hire a suitable maid in Singapore?

The quickest way to hire a helper that matches your expectations is through a maid agency in Singapore, such as Homekeeper. At Homekeeper, we have an extensive database of candidates for hire from Indonesia, Myanmar and the Philippines. Simply select your ideal candidate and let us handle the rest. In addition, we also provide pre-employment training to equip your helper with the necessary skills before deployment.

What services does a maid agency in Singapore provide?

A maid agency in Singapore like Homekeeper handles every step in the recruitment process, including providing a database of hires, preparing essential paperwork and preparing your helper for deployment with pre-employment training. Find a helper today!

What Satisfied Families Have Said

Doris Chua

Both my mum and myself have been really happy and satisfied with the domestic helper that we employed recently. This could not have been done without the help of Steven. We highly recommend Steven, who is very responsive and professional during this process.

From recruitment to the helper's arrival, it is just seamless - Steven prepared all the documents, quarantine, training, banks, etc. etc, we did not have to worry at all! Thank you Steven!

Mr Hong

"Want to say a big thank you to Josephine in Elias Mall branch for her kindness and patience to me and my family. I'm really enjoy Homekeeper Home-to-home service. I don't need to visit branch for entire hiring process. Everything can be done online. 

In this challenging time, getting a new helper from overseas is not easy. She is very patient to match the right profile for my family and always respond to my query even on her off days. 

Everything would not have been as smoothly if she didn't give us her guidance into getting our new helper into Singapore from Indonesia. We managed to clear SHN and swap tests successfully. And we are thankful for our smiley new helper this time of the year. 

I am very happy with her service and also the process in Homekeeper to bring in a new helper."

Ms Tew

"From the moment I send in enquiry via WhatsApp, I have the best service experience from Steven.

Everything from A to Z was explained to me in detail. Every question was answered precisely by Steven.

Many domestic helper's profile was shown to me. He also recommended several domestic helper which he thinks fit my requirement.

After sales service was prompt and his response was fast. Very happy and fortunate I engage MDW with Homekeeper Maid Agency instead of other Agency. Will highly recommend my relatives and friends to Homekeeper especially Steven.

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