Hiring a foreign domestic helper(外傭) for the first time can be difficult. This is because every employer wants to choose an ideal maid who can serve them accordingly. For employers, there are specific procedures and requirements they must fulfill first when hiring a maid. However, despite all the procedures and requirements involved, the most important thing is to choose a housemaid who meets their needs. Most employers usually hire maids through maid agencies. This is important because many of these agencies get their recruits before allowing employers to hire them. However, before an employer can choose a maid agency, they should first self-assess themselves.
An employer must first ask him/herself whether they really need a maid before looking for a maid agency. Most families hire maids because certain changes have occurred in their lives. For example, they have a new baby, or they have a promotion. In a situation where a family has been blessed with a child, then the family will need to hire a filipino maid (僱傭) to look after the kid when both spouses are away. Some employers also need maids in order to help them with basic activities at the house. Generally, an employer who knows the main reason for wanting to hire a maid will be in a better position of choosing the right agency and the right maid.
After determining whether hiring a housemaid (菲傭) is necessary, an employer should consider whether they have enough space at home to accommodate the maid. Basically, a house helper’s place of employment is the employer’s house. As far as accommodation is concerned, the employer must make sure that the maid will get basic amenities including things like a blanket, pillow, and mattress, enough living space, privacy and safety. Unless accommodation and basic amenities are provided for, there would be no need for hiring a maid.