Higher Minimum Wage for Indonesian Maids in Singapore as Indonesia Seeks to Protect Incomes

The minimum wage for Indonesian maids in Singapore will rise by S$50 to S$550 a month starting from next year.

This was announced in a letter to maid agents here last month.

It will apply to maids coming to work here from January next year, and the approximately 125,000 maids already working here who will be renewing their contracts.

The last round of increase took place in September 2014.

Then, the minimum wage for Indonesian maids was raised from S$450 to the current S$500 a month.

The Indonesian embassy says that Indonesia has to protect the income of maids as Singapore doesn’t have a minimum wage.

The Ministry of Manpower says it wasn’t officially informed about the increase in minimum wage.

As it stands, Singaporean employers already have to pay a host of fees to hire maids besides wages.

These include a Manpower Ministry-mandated levy and agency fees.

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