May 31, 2013
Salaries which start at S$420 (RM1,020.76), and no placement fees
from employers. These proposals were part of a document the Cambodian
government sent to selected maid agents, as Singapore moves ahead with a
pilot scheme to see how well Cambodian maids adapt to life here.
The scheme, which runs until the end of 2015, will see its first batch of 400 maids arrive in July this year.
has proposed employment terms for these maids in a memorandum of
understanding (MoU), which was sent this week to the six maid agents
picked by the Manpower Ministry to recruit the maids.
Workers with no experience will get a minimum of S$420 (RM1,020.76) a month.
with experience will be paid at least S$450 (RM1,093.67). If the maid
works on all her four rest days each month, she has to be paid another
Also, employers will not have to pay the maid’s
placement fees upfront, similar to the recruitment scheme Jakarta
introduced for Indonesian maids last year.
Under the previous system, employers paid these fees, and recouped them by deducting from the maid’s monthly salary.
The Singapore agents told The Straits Times that the terms were on a par with those for Indonesian and Filipino maids.
Employment managing director Gary Chin, who travelled with the five
other Singapore agents to Phnom Penh earlier this month, was
impressed by the maids he met.
“Their English is quite good. Some
spoke Mandarin and Chinese dialects which they picked up from working
in Malaysia,” he said. — The Straits Times / Asia News Network