How much does it cost to hire an Indonesian helper (maid) in Kuching, Malaysia (2023)?
Updated: Jun 18
Hiring a helper (maid) in Malaysia can be costly. Here are some fees to take note of.
Agency fee -- RM15,000 (One-off)
Agencies (licensed and unlicensed) in Kuching charge anywhere between RM10,000 to RM22,000 to hire a helper. These fees may go towards paying sub-recruiters, agencies, medical centers and insurances, passport offices, completing compulsory migration processes, visas and the helper's travel to Malaysia.
Salary Payments -- RM1,500 (monthly) with RM86.54 (daily) overtime rate
As of 2022, the monthly salary of Indonesian helpers have increased to RM1,500 monthly. Indonesian helpers are also entitled to a weekly rest day or overtime pay of RM86.54 in lieu of rest days.
Monthly allowances and living expenses -- RM300 - 400 (monthly)
As an employer of an Indonesian helper, you are her sponsor and you are required to provide accommodation, three meals a day and provide some other basic hygiene products.
Ad hoc medical or dental bills -- RM1000 - 2000 (annually)
Occasionally, you will also be required to pay for some medical or dental bills as incurred as most of these costs are not covered by insurance in Malaysia.
Permit renewal -- RM611 - 790 (annually)
You will need to renew your worker's permit annually. Each permit is issued for 6 months at a time.
1st helper: RM611 annually
2nd helper: RM790 annually
Medical examination is needed in Sarawak every odd year, and required every year once the helper has turned 45 years old.
Repatriation costs -- RM500 - RM1000 (One-off)
Under the contract, you are required to cover your helper's repatriation to their hometown in Indonesia at the end of her contract.
Total Costs to hire an Indonesian helper (maid) for 2 years
Salary payment + overtime
RM1,500 - RM1848 (monthly)
RM36,000 - 44,352
Monthly allowance and living expenses
RM300 - RM400 (monthly)
RM7,200 - RM9,600
Ad hoc medical and dental bills
RM1,000 - RM2,000 (annually)
RM2,000 - RM4,000
RM611 - RM790 (annually)
RM611 - RM790
RM500 - RM1,000 (one off)
RM500 - RM1,000
RM61,311 - RM74,742
In total, to hire an Indonesian helper for two years, you can expect to spend around RM61,311 to RM74,742.
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