A new pilot scheme was introduced by the Ministry of Manpower in Singapore. This will give 15 cleaning companies in the country the permission to hire part-time cleaners from four additional countries. These companies are offering part-time cleaning services to homeowners in Singapore. All over the world there is a rise in demand for household cleaners thus the increase in number of domestic agencies such as high-end domestic agency in Dubai.
As of writing, the cleaning companies are only legally allowed to hire cleaners with work permit from a number of countriesincluding North Asia, China and Malaysia.
With the new scheme, the cleaning companies will be given the opportunity to hire form additional countries such as Thailand, India, Sri Lanka and Myanmar.
The program by the MOM is called HSS or Household Services Scheme which is created in order to assist the industry in answering the increasing demand from homeowners to hire part-time cleaners.
The MOM said that the companies under the scheme including Amahs on Wheels and Home Cleanz re hiring workers that will fulfill part-time services like cleaning and they can be hired in various households.
The workers’ accommodations will be provided by the company which will hire them. This is a different setup from foreign domestic workers or FDWs that are staying in with the specific household that hired them.
According to Josephine Teo, the second minister for home affairs and manpower, said that there are households in Singapore that employ foreign domestic workers to take care of the household chores like cleaning and maintaining the house.
Mrs. Teo said that this will motivate families to hire part-time services for their cleaning needs alone. This will help reduce the increasing demand for foreign domestic workers which should be prioritized for those requiring a caregiver.
Looking at the cost, it is not cheaper when foreigners are hired for part-time work compared to the locals. In fact, the prices are the same to both local and foreign. Singapore is not the only country to do this as there is high-end domestic agency in Dubai that provide part time cleaning services as well.