SINGAPORE: A Filipino transfer helper asked her employer why she did the paperwork herself for the transfer when she could have used an agency to help with the transfer.
In an anonymous post, the employer wrote: “Today, she asked who is her agency as she is curious. So I told her that she has no agency as she is a transfer helper and I did all the paperwork myself. I told her going through agency will cost me agency fees + agency will need to deduct her salary 1-2 months”. She added that the maid was previously employed by her cousin and had been working for her for five months.
In response, the maid said that if the employer’s cousin were to “return her back to agency and she get a new employer, none of the salary will be deducted as it was already deducted previously when my cousin engaged her. Logically to me it doesn’t make sense why agency will help her find an employer without getting anything return but she seems quite sure of it”.
She asked others in the post if what the helper said was true.
Here’s what they wrote:
Earlier this year, an employer who hired a maid through an agency took to social media asking what to do as he did not find her cooking suitable.
In an anonymous online post, the man wrote that his 37-year-old maid had completed two contracts with two Chinese employers in four years. “She is a very sweet and pleasant lady, and has lots of initiatives in her work like cleaning the fridge and windows while the family is asleep. However, after a few days, we both agree that teaching and learning Indian cooking is difficult both ways. Even though, she is a good cook with Chinese dishes. She finds there are too many spices and powders in Indian cooking which she cannot understand. Due to my health condition, I’m also not able to strain myself teaching”, he wrote.