GUIDE TO HIRE AN FILIPINO MAID
Another popular domestic helper choice for Singapore families is those from the Philippines. Apparently, of the 240,000 maids or domestic helpers in Singapore, some 70,000 are from the Philippines.
Filipinos are one of the most coveted groups for domestic help in the world and Singapore is no exception.
For starters, many Filipinos are highly conversant in English therefore communications are made easier between them and their employer families. This language ability has also helped in their being more receptive to carrying out instructions correctly. Filipinos are also very friendly with bright smiles and musically inclined, making them wonderful companions to young children, interacting, playing and taking care of the children.
Hardworking and adept at multi-tasking, Filipino maids are very capable of handling the household chores of medium to large families including handling pets such as large dogs. For families with a common religion as the Filipino maid, bonding becomes even stronger and we have had instances where the maid and the employer family attend church together.
In view of these strengths, Filipino maids have become a natural choice for expatriate families looking for domestic assistance.
In terms of cooking, whilst the Indonesian style of cooking is closer to Singaporeans’ palate, the Filipino maid may not be able to cook or if they do, the style of cooking may differ from what Singapore families may be used to. However this can be overcome given the Filipino maid’s high ability to take instructions and the employer needs only to invest time to teach them your preferred cooking style.