Household income and monthly salary are important criteria when the Ministry of Manpower (MOM) is considering your application for a work permit for a foreign domestic worker. This is because the employer must have the financial capability to hire, maintain and upkeep the maid in an acceptable accommodation.
For an unknown reason, MOM is unable to reveal the exact figure of the minimum income requirement.
For Young Working Married Couples
For young couples who are considering hiring domestic helpers to look after children, some maid agencies estimate the minimum annual household income to be $30,000.
Joint Income Scheme
As more and more elderlies stay alone in Singapore, the MOM rolls out scheme such as Join Income Scheme and Sponsorship income to help eligible employers.
Under the Joint Income Scheme, the employer can combine income with one of his or her immediate family members (rather than spouse). This immediate family member must live in the same residential address.
This immediate family member can be a sibling, relative, parent or child.
Other conditions that employer needs to meet under the joint income scheme include:
1.The employer must be 21 years old.
2.The employer must be a Singapore citizen or Singapore Permanent Resident.
3.The employer must receive a higher salary than the immediate family member stated above.
4.The employer must have the mental capacity to fully understand the responsibility as an employer.
This scheme is for senior citizens who are not earning an income.
Under this scheme, an employer can apply for a Work Permit for maid based on the income of up to two sponsors. The sponsor can be employer’s children or children’s spouse, grandchildren or grandchildren’s spouse, or employer’s sibling.
Other conditions under the Sponsorship Scheme include:
1. The employer must be a Singapore citizen or permanent resident.
2. The employer must be 60 years old and above.
3. The employer must not be staying with any working adults.
4. The employer must have the mental capacity to fully understand and discharge your responsibility as an employer.
It should be noted that those diagnosed with Alzheimer, dementia, and schizophrenia which can cause symptoms such as severe memory lapses, confusion, emotional instability, progressive loss of mental ability, paranoia.
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