Nowadays, it’s getting difficult to hire a maid that it once was. One of the factors is the number of maids that may enter Singapore is limited because of Covid-19. Fortunately, there are steps you may take to improve your choices and prevent common issues related to the maid.
One of the ways that you can take is to check on the maid’s employment history before hiring her. Maid ought to have a clean employment history, especially after they complete their two-year contract. You can learn about the maid’s skills, shortcomings and experiences with past employers from their employment history.
If you have the basic details of the maid that you intend to hire, you may use your Singpass to log into MOM’s online website and check her employment history on your own. Here is a step-by-step tutorial to walk you through the procedure.
Log in to Work Permit (WP) Online
You may log on WP online with your Singpass login details only during the given office hours on its page. Proceed with the following steps after logging in:
Step 1: Look for the “Enquire” tab on the left corner of the page and click on it.
Step 2: Click on “Foreign Worker/ Foreign Domestic Worker Employment History
Step 3: You will be redirected to a new page which will give you three options to choose from to check the maid’s history records, including:
- The maid’s Work Permit Number
- The maid’s Foreign Identification Number
- The maid’s details (Name, Date of birth, Gender, Nationality and Passport Number)
You will then be redirected to your potential maid’s employment history after complete any of the above options. Read the records thoroughly to see if the maid has good comments from her previous employer.
Inquire Through an Employment Agency
Employers can also access to the maid’s employment history through their agency. The maid’s employment agency will receive the maid’s former employer’s contact details from MOM. Therefore, the agency can get in touch with the former employers and inquire about their interactions with the maid. A maid will be immediately blacklisted if she is found guilty of any offence or has violated the laws of Singapore.
Finding the right maid will be easier if you outline some expectations and requirements early on in the discussion or search:
- The maid’s salary
- The health of the maid
- Maid’s linguistic skills
- Experience of the maid
First-time employers usually will request feedback from the maid’s previous employer. However, contacting with former employer can be challenging sometimes. You can turn to MOM if you are unable to contact the former employer as MOM keep a record of every maid’s employment history.