1. What are the rates for domestic helper’s levy?
    Employers are required to pay a monthly levy of $300 for your domestic helper.

    Learn more about domestic helper’s levy:

  2. Who is qualified for a levy concession?
    Employers living with any of the following eligible person who is a SIngaporean can get a concessionary rate of $60 per month:

    • Young child below 16 years old.
    • Elderly person who is at least 67 years old.
    • Person with disabilities.
  3. What are the requirements for hiring a helper?
    To hire a helper, you must be 21 years old and above, not be an undischarged bankrupt and have the mental capacity to fully understand and discharge your responsibility as an employer.

    The Ministry of Manpower will also consider your financial ability to hire, maintain and upkeep the helper in an acceptable accommodation.

  4. Is rest day compulsory for domestic helpers?
    Starting 1 January 2023, it is mandatory for all employers to provide their domestic helper with at least one rest day each month that cannot be compensated away. Employers must compensate your domestic helper with either at least 1 day’s salary or a replacement rest day taken within the same month in cases where she works on the remaining rest days in the month.

    Learn more about domestic helper’s rest day:

  5. Insurance
    You need to buy medical and personal accident insurance for your helper (https://www.mom.gov.sg/passes-and-permits/work-permit-for-foreign-domestic-worker/eligibility-and-requirements/insurance-requirements). REN works with a reputable insurance company to ensure peace of mind for you and your helper.
  6. What is a security bond?
    A security bond is to ensure the employer and helper does not violate the government law or work permit conditions. Employers must buy a $5,000 security bond before your helper’s arrival in Singapore and you are not allowed to make your helper pay.
  7. Are employers responsible for domestic helper’s medical expenses?
    Employers must bear the full cost of domestic helper’s medical needs, including hospitalization and provide her with medical and personal accident insurance. You are not allowed to make your helper pay for her medical expenses.
  8. When should I pay the helper salary?
    You must pay your helper her salary every month, no later than 7 days after the last day of the salary period (https://www.mom.gov.sg/passes-and-permits/work-permit-for-foreign-domestic-worker/employers-guide/salary-guidelines). We will guide you along during the deployment briefing.
  9. Is my domestic helper required to go for a pre-employment medical examination?
    Yes, the employer is required to arrange a medical examination for your helper within 2 weeks from her arrival before her work permit is issued. Her work permit will only be issued if she passes the medical examination. Otherwise, she will be sent home.