Pros and Cons of Hiring Part Time Cleaner vs Full Time Maid

Pros and Cons of Hiring Part Time Cleaner vs Full Time Maid

[Published on 24 Aug 2019]

With so many things to juggle at home and at work, it’s sometimes difficult for adults, especially those who are working, to manage their daily tasks all on their own. In fact, in Singapore alone, roughly 20% of households in Singapore hire a foreign domestic helper or more commonly known as maids to assist them with their daily tasks. But when it comes to hiring a maid in Singapore, what is preferable?

Here are the pros and cons of hiring a part time cleaner or a full time domestic maid.

The Part Time Cleaner

A part time cleaner who is commonly known as part time maid as well, is ideal for employers who are hands on with other tasks at home but will still need help for a regularly scheduled house cleaning.


1. Time and service flexibility.

Part time cleaners can be on-call and their service can be scheduled anytime you need them. Their rates will also depend on the frequency, length and coverage of the cleaning service you ask for. Some homeowners hire part time house cleaners at least once a week to do deep cleaning.

2. You get to enjoy the privacy of your own home.

Unlike having a full time maid at home, your part time cleaner will only come to your home whenever you call for them. To some people and families in Singapore, their privacy is important so they prefer to hire part time cleaners instead. This way, you get to have your whole house to yourself at most times.


1. Part time cleaners will have limited availability.

When it comes to hiring part time cleaners, you can’t always guarantee that they will be there to service you on such short notice. Most part time cleaning agencies that provide part time cleaning services will need at least 24 hours of advanced notice for them to be able to provide you a part time cleaner.

2. The scope of their service is limited to cleaning only.

One thing that you won’t be able to do when it comes to hiring part time cleaners is ask them to handle other tasks for you. You can only expect them to clean your house. You can’t ask them to wash, fold and iron clothes, or wash the dishes. For these, you will need to do them on your own or hire a full time maid instead. Additional charges will be required to do those tasks.

The Full Time Maid

Hiring a full time maid is an ideal solution for most busy people who have kids and elderlies to take care of at home, and in addition to the maid job scope, housework and cooking is required as well.


1. You can rely on your maid to handle your household chores.

With a full time house maid around, you can focus on other tasks, such as your kids, work or business. You can have your maid handle all the household chores such as cleaning, washing, mopping, and even cooking, while you get to spend your free time on other things that will need your attention.

2. In time, they can handle tasks independently.

Since they will be doing the same chores for you everyday, they can get used to handling the tasks the way you want them done. They can adjust their activities and time to meet your specific needs. Eventually, you won’t have to keep telling them what to do next and they will be able to do chores independently.


1. You need to adjust to living with a non-relative at home.

Once you hire a full time maid, they will be staying in your home all the time, except on their day off. You will need to provide them a room and space for their belongings. This will also mean that you will have less privacy at home.

2. Hiring maids will cost more than hiring part time cleaners.

A full time maid will have bigger rates than that of a part time cleaner. For a part time cleaner, hourly rate can range from $16 to $25, depending on how extensive the cleaning will be.

Whereas for a house maid, though when calculated on a hourly basis, you do have massive savings as it will probably work out to about $20 to $25 per day which will easily consists of 8 hours of work. If you divide $20 by 8 hours, you will be able to derive the hourly rate which is $2+ only (excluding government levy). However, you will need to pay a lot of fees to the maid agency upfront, apart from the maid’s monthly salary and government levy which ranges from $60 to $300.

A maid’s monthly salary can range from $500 to $1000 depending on her experience, and you will also need to settle a number of fees with the maid agency, your maid’s insurance, medical examination, work permit, and more, all of which can total up to $1500 or higher. A guide to how much it will cost to hire a full time maid can be found here.

Whatever you decide to go with, it’s important to go for a setup that you will be more comfortable with. If you need more help and guidance when it comes to hiring a maid in Singapore, contact us at 6735 3456 for free expert advice.

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