On the Ground

Cut migrant workers' illegal recruitment fees by boosting transparency

Migrant workers have been subject to high recruitment costs by employment agencies and labour brokers who recruit them.ST ILLUSTRATION: CELESTINO GULAPA

SINGAPORE - When Indonesia announced in December that employers will now have to bear the cost of placement fees for hiring foreign domestic workers, many Singaporeans baulked.

The fee of up to $3,000, which covers expenses such as transportation, accommodation and medical examinations incurred in hiring new foreign domestic workers (FDWs), is too costly for a regular family, they said, making up close to a third of the median household income here.

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