Don’t know if you should choose part-time maid or full-time maid? As an ex-employee of an Indonesian maid, I would like to share with the new employers about the difference between a full-time maid and a part-time maid. Based on the latest system, new employers have to pay a fee of about $1150 to $1700, and will not have to borrow money to the full-time maid.
As for the maid, she will have to borrow money from the bank depending on if she has previous experience or not. In addition, we will have to repay the borrowed money within about 9 months or less. Employers also have to pay for the maid’s medical fees, insurance, food, lodging, airfares, transport fees, levies and etc.
On top of that, while the employers are working, they have to worry about the safety of their old-aged parents & young ones being looked after by the full-time maid.
Employers must also understand that there is no privacy at home with full-time maid around. Starting from next year onwards, it is compulsory for new employers to give full-time maids one off day every week. In this case, employers have to find other alternatives or arrangements for their young ones and the elderly at home.
However, the system of hiring a part time maid will be entirely different and even much cheaper than hiring a full time one. Let us take a look at an example of a professional cleaning company which charges a one-time fee which includes replacement of part time maids. Cleaning company charge varies according to frequency/day of service, size of apartment/house and etc. Hourly cleaning rates for weekdays will be cheaper than weekends/public holidays.
The Part-time maid will go over to the employers’ houses to perform general housekeeping duties and employers can be assured that their house is kept clean and tidy at the end of the day. Part-time maids work during the daytime when employers are working outside or doing home-based business.
After the maids have finished their tasks, they will be leaving the employers’ houses. In addition, employers can have the freedom of privacy at home after work or when the part-time maids are not around. Some cleaning companies may provide babysitting/ elderly care services but there will be additional costs involved on top of the cleaning rates. Whether to choose a full-time maid or part-time maid, employers must go through the licensed or registered company for assistance. It is illegal to hire a full-time maid to work on hourly rates and the maid may get repatriated to her home country.