Coronavirus Singapore

First batch of 100 maids under pilot scheme to arrive in Aug

Strong interest from employers despite extra fees of $1,500 to $2,000, say association, agencies

Employers with levy concessions - granted to those who live with Singaporean young children, the elderly or people with disabilities - will be prioritised under the pilot scheme, which involves an intensive testing regime. ST FILE PHOTO
Employers with levy concessions - granted to those who live with Singaporean young children, the elderly or people with disabilities - will be prioritised under the pilot scheme, which involves an intensive testing regime. ST FILE PHOTO

More than 100 foreign domestic workers from the Philippines are expected to arrive in Singapore early next month under a new pilot scheme to bring in more maids amid the Covid-19 pandemic.

The initiative has up to 2,000 potential employers expressing interest to hire helpers brought in under the scheme, said Ms K. Jayaprema, president of the Association of Employment Agencies (Singapore).

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on July 16, 2021, with the headline 'First batch of 100 maids under pilot scheme to arrive in Aug'. Subscribe