Foreign domestic workers and their employers generally happy, says MOM from a 2010 survey

Posted by on August 21, 2011 in Articles, Facts, research, analysis

Foreign domestic workers (FDW) expressed high levels of satisfaction with working in Singapore, reported the Ministry of Manpower, based on a survey it conducted in 2010. On a scale of 1 to 10, with 10 being ‘extremely satisfied’, about half of the FDWs indicated that they were “extremely satisfied” with working in Singapore. Similarly, employers are generally satisfied
with their current FDW s, with almost 3 in 4 employers rating their satisfaction levels as “7” and above.

About 7 in 10 of FD W s indicated that they intend to continue working in Singapore as an FDW after their current contracts expire, and 6 in 10 of employers intend to renew their current
FDWs’ employment contracts when they expire.

The survey sampled 916 FDWs and 461 FDW employers. FDWs were surveyed face-to-face in their native languages and were assured of the confidentiality of their responses. Employers were surveyed via the web.

Most FD W s are aware of their rights and their employers’ responsibilities with regard to upkeep and maintenance (over 90%), and that they can only work in their employers’ homes (almost
90%). Similarly, over 90% of employers demonstrated awareness of their employment obligations related to upkeep and maintenance of their FDWs; and only requiring their FDWs to
perform household chores in their homes.

The full report, kindly provided by the Ministry of Manpower to TWC2 can be seen here.

TWC2 is an organization that is dedicated to assisting low-wage migrant workers when they are in difficulty. We are motivated by a sense of fairness and humanity, though our caseload often exceeds our
means.

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