5 reasons: Part time vs Full time Cleaner

Employing a maid is a common practice for many families in Singapore. Responsibilities like household chores are passed onto the hands of domestic servants while employers are busy at work or taking care of their little ones. It is an uprising trend for engaging domestic help, especially in Singapore, where the pace of living is so hectic and time had to be often stretched due to work. 

 

There are many factors to consider when hiring a full-time maid. Alternatively, families could engage a part-time cleaning service company to handle their daily chores. More often than not, families are torn between the choice of a full-time maid and a part-time cleaning company. Below are some of the factors that families consider when they want to engage a part-time cleaning company.


Cost


The first and most common factor that most family will look into when choosing between a full-time maid or a part-time cleaning company would be the cost.  For employers that are looking at hiring a full-time maid, they would need to consider paying between $450 to $700 for allowance and a deposit of 3-6 months to the agency. Such initial cost would range from $1,350 to $2,100. And it's just the start of employing a full-time maid. 

 

Employing a full-time maid is the same as welcoming a new family member that needs to be taken care of as well. With that being said, with the introduction of a full-time maid, most family's expenses (e.g. groceries, utilities, etc.) would no doubt increase by about $200 to $400.

Unlike a part-time helper, a twice per week session of 3 hours would only cost from $500 to $550 a month. That's a savings of $300 to $500 a month including meals and utility charges. 

Although cleaning is only done twice a week, the cost-saving potential is definitely substantial.


Privacy


Having a full-time domestic helper in the house is equivalent to having an additional family member, which leaves most employers with lesser privacy at home. 

Comparing it to a part-time cleaner, which appears only 2 days in a week and up to 3 hours each, the impact on privacy is definitely significantly reduced. The best part is if the trust is established between the attached part-time cleaner and client, the client can even run their errands or spend time out with their family while the cleaner is performing their chores. 

 

Time efficiency


Some household chores like mopping or thorough cleaning usually are not required to be carried out daily, and basic tasks like dusting, sweeping and making meals do not require the whole day. 

That's when part-time cleaners come into the picture. As they are allocated a certain number of hours for specific tasks, they are well trained to maximize the time given and focused on the tasks assigned.  

 

Trust 


Another concern would be the level of trust between the employer and a full-time maid. Most of the time, while the employers are at work, there will be no one to supervise or monitor them. Long termed employed maids would have established a level of trust with employers, but that may not be the case for a newly hired maid.

Costs might arise if employers were to install CCTVs for monitoring. Else, issues like theft or abuse might happen if things go south. 

Getting a part-time cleaner to lessen the risks of such incidents as they are only at the place for a few hours.

 

Flexibility


Hiring a part-time cleaner enables you to have the flexibility to cancel or change the cleaning appointment if you suddenly have something cropping up at the last minute. Not only does it save cost, but the flexibility also enables you to stop the cleaning services if you are not around for an extended period or required to be attached overseas for work.

Some families would still prefer employing a full-time helper as compared to a part-time cleaner, and that is up to their own preferences and standards of living. In a nutshell, always do your homework for both options and to weigh the pros and cons before making the decision.      

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