PRO AND CONS IN HIRING TRANSFER MAIDS
Transfer maids have been trained by the previous employers, they have acquired the skills they need to handle most of the electrical appliances and cleaning tools found in the common household in Singapore. Apart from that, they should also have acquired knowledge in cooking skills. However this also depends on how they were trained by the previous employer as all employers have different expectations.
Some transfer maids can be less flexible from their previous experience on childcare or eldercare. The employer has to be specific in terms of what is required from them to avoid any future conflicts.
Transfer maids have been working in Singapore for quite some time, most of them know their routine and others have mastered the tasks to be done daily, so they require less supervision and training. You may need to consider that it may sometimes be hard to retrain a maid who has experience.
Communication will be smoother as the maid may have picked up some of the local language. Transfer maids won’t find it hard to understand the employer, especially when they are giving instructions since they might have adjusted to their language.
Homesickness will not be an issue as she has been away from her family for a while and has adapted to the new working environment. Transfer maid prefers to have day off at least twice in a month since they have their own group of friends. Furthermore, they prefer to have their freedom to hold on to their cell phone.
In terms of screening for a maid, the employer could meet and interview them personally with the help of maid agency.
AGREEMENT BEFORE HIRING
The employer should be clear on the job description that will be stated on the contract. And they should be specific on the chores that needs to be done so that maids should know the job assigned to her and to avoid future misunderstanding between them. Both maid and employer should agree on to what will be the content of the contract.
Hand Phone Usage
The use of hand phones may cause conflicts and a distraction for the maid’s work. However, maids should not be deprived of a phone to maintain communication with family back home, but there should be an understanding between employer and maid with regards to hand phone usage. Sometimes, employer will let them use the headphone only after work or during days off.