PETALING JAYA: More university students are opting to be part-time domestic cleaners, attracted by the flexible hours and adequate salary.
Medical student Fatin Amirah Azhab, who took up a job with cleaning company Maideasy last month, said it is a good source of income that does not affect her studies.
“As students, we do not have many options because of time constraints and studies, but this job suits us perfectly with its flexibility,” the Universiti Putra Malaysia student said.
“I only work on the weekends I am free, and can still make up to RM500 per month.”
She added that active crew with good customer ratings are rewarded with bonuses.
She told The Star that the job scope is easy but requires good time management.
“I have to clean, for example, a double-storey house with three bedrooms, one kitchen and one living room within four hours,” said the 22-year-old.
Fatin said she did not find the job demeaning, as most of her customers treated her like their daughter instead of a maid.
Management and Science University first-year student Nur Hazliza Salleh, who is studying Medical Science, was satisfied working as a domestic cleaner.
“I am making money through my own effort and hard work. It is not something to be ashamed of because this is all rezeki (livelihood),” said Hazliza, also 22.
“Although some don’t accept it and judge me, my family and most of my friends are supportive.”
The second of five children in the family said her main reason for working is to lighten her parents’ financial burden.
“We are paid RM16 per hour and receive our pay weekly,” she added.
Maideasy CEO Azrul Rahim said there is an increase in the number of university students taking jobs as cleaners.
“University students make up 35% of our team. Some take as many (cleaning) jobs as they can, while others take two or three a week,” he added.
He noted that the company’s main challenge is to change people’s perception of the job, especially students who worry about the social stigma.
“They think domestic work is for foreign workers, so there is a great loss of job opportunities for locals.
“I’m sure if we can offer decent pay and flexible working hours, many people would be willing to do the job,” Azrul said, adding that he does not expect the students to stay long with the company.
Maideasy hires only Malaysians and offers a platform for people to seek or provide cleaning services.