Things to know when hiring helper
Hiring services in the Philippines, like house help and drivers are very affordable. That is why it is very common for an expatriate household here to have a housemaid and driver since these services here are quite cheap. By rule, a nanny is more expensive than a housemaid.
If you have a very busy schedule, then hiring a maid is the best option. It can make your life much easier. You do not have to worry with chores around the house when you have a live in maid, but it is important that you choose the right domestic help.
Right from the start, it is important that you lay down the rules to avoid any misunderstanding in the future. It is important that you choose right one since your maid and drivers will be a part of your family. A maid is definitely indispensable since they take care of the house for you, wash your clothes, pay your bill for you and even guard the house. All this, you benefit for just a significant amount that is if you have hired the right one for the job.
However, if you choose the wrong one, you might lose a lot. There are instances when a maid steals from their employers. Worst of all, this maid might let other people get in the house while you are away. These are the risks you have to take, but take heart because there are still a lot of honest, loyal and hard-working maids.
How to hire the right one?
There are a lot of ways to hire one. Check it below:
You can find one in a trustworthy agency in the Philippines. Hiring one from the agency assures you that you are getting the best since this household helps has been background check already. Also, always go for agencies that are accredited by the Philippine authorities.
If you do not want to go through an agency and you want to choose your household help or driver on your own then you better learn how to background check. To do this, require the applicants to submit a Police Clearance or National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) certificate for you to be sure that the applicants do not have any criminal record.
If you have chosen one, then always informed them regarding their salary and you can even include other benefits they receive if they stay loyal to you. Here, in the Philippines the salary ranges from P3,000 to P5,000 depending on the kind of work they do.
As for drivers, most foreign nationals who stay here in the Philippines choose to hire a driver since Philippine drivers know the rules in the road and most of all can take away the stress of driving especially in areas where traffic is heavy. The job of the driver aside from driving is to maintain the vehicle and keeps it clean.
The usual pay for a driver is about P7,000 per month. It is best if your driver lives with you so that he can come around any time there is a need for you to go out. Just give him his own separate quarters so as to give both privacy, your maid and driver.