HOUSEWIFE Liew Bee Choo had been grappling with the decision to hire a second maid for the past two years.
Her hesitancy was due to the cost and a fear that the new maid might not get along with her current one. But now that she is in her late 60s, Liew finds it hard to cope with the housework in her two-storey bungalow.
Last month, Liew hired a second Indonesian maid who will arrive in Singapore this week.
More Singaporeans are finding that they need two or more maids to deal with the task of caring for elderly family members and young children, on top of household chores.
The Ministry of Manpower (MOM) told The Sunday Times that the proportion of employers with two or more maids has stayed at four percent for the past three years.
Industry players estimate that the pool of employers with two or more domestic helpers has swelled from about 7,600 in 2012 to about 8,000 last year. The total number of maid employers is likely to have grown from 190,000 to 200,000 in the last two years.
MOM said it considers applications for a second maid if employers have someone over 60 living with them or if they have two or more children under 18.
It costs about S$900 (RM2,320) a month to employ a maid, including her S$500 (RM1,290) salary, monthly levy and living expenses.
— The Straits Times / Asia News Network