Calling FDW Stupid
is now way to start a 2-year relationship
It is every employer's hope that the housemaid she employs will be a real help to her, to be her right hand, and relieve her of the nitty gritty of housekeeping and to attend to the children. However, sometimes it does not turn out this way, especically if the domestic helper is a first-timer. The impatient employer may in a fit of frustration lash out at the maid and call her stupid. This is not a good way to start a relationship that is intended to last for two years.
Many a new foreign domestic worker has been called stupid for any number of reasons:
Indeed it would be better to explain perhaps more than once what one wants. Communication is less of a problem with Filipinos and if language be a major concern, perhaps one should employ a Filipino rather than a Myanmese or Indonesian. But then, a Filipino expects a higher salary and more time off. Since around 2005 the salary differential between Filipino maids and their Indonesian counterparts have narrowed.
Even first-time Indonesian domestic helpers are also expecting a higher salary and time off. From January 2005, only those who can produce the equivalent a Junior High (9 years) or Secondary School (10 years) certificate of completion will be permitted to work as a domestic worker in Singapore. From 1st April, 2005, they will be required to pass an Entry Test (in English) as well. Mercifully, from the Indonesian maid's point of view, the Entry Test is scrapped.
With the implementation of the new requirements:
Indonesian domestic workers are in short supply and the salary has consequently gone up, though marginally. As of July 2007, some of the more reputable agencies are getting $320 for first-timers and $350 for experienced ones. Currently (2015) first-time Indonesian maids get $450 though the Indonesian government wants employers to pay $500.