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The Singapore maid levy or Foreign Domestic Worker levy is a necessary “evil” to control the influx of foreign workers into Singapore. [Please see update for 2015 further down.]

Generally,  the levy is $265 per month. However, due to the government’s push for working mothers and other social reasons, a concessionary levy of $170 per month is also given.

The collecting agent is the CPF Board which makes some employers confused. The levy has nothing to do with your CPF. Since the CPF Board has an established “collecting system”, they are just tasked with collecting the maid levy.

Here are some conditions you need to satisfy in order to qualify for a concessionary levy:

1. Your child has to be below 12 and is a Singapore citizen; or

2.  Your parent(s) or grandparent(s) is above 65 and is living with you. He/ she must be a citizen; or

3.  You are above 65; or

4.  You or your family members have disabilities.

Other than the above, you are likely to pay the full normal Singapore maid levy of $265.

Singapore Maid Levy Update for 2015:

Many readers have written to ask about the foreign domestic worker (FDW) levy or maid levy. Despite my busy schedule, I think it is only right that I update this post so that it stays current for 2015.

To recap, the normal maid levy is still $265 per month, and the collecting agent is still the CPF Board. The only change for 2015 is that the concessionary maid levy is now $60 per month and starts in June 2015.

There are also some changes to the conditions of enjoying the concessionary rates. The Government has “widen” the net so that more people can enjoy the rates.

There are 3 main schemes:

- Young child or grandchild scheme
-  Aged person scheme
- Persons with disabilities scheme

1. If the employer’s child or grandchild is below 16 years old, is a Singapore citizen and live in the same address, the employer can enjoy the concessionary rate.

2. If the employer live with an elderly family member (in the same address) who is above 65 years old and is a Singapore citizen, the employer can enjoy the concessionary rate.

3. If the employer or her family member has a disability (defined as needing help in at least 1 basic daily activity like showering, moving, dressing, etc), you can get a levy concession.

The general principles are the person you are claiming the concessionary levy for has to be a Singapore citizen and live in the same address. For the elderly family member, concessionary levy may be allowed if the member is a PR but you have to be a citizen.

Under the disability scheme, if the person has moderate disability, you may claim a concessionary maid levy of $120. Please see Agency for Integrated Care for further details.

Hope this helps. Thank you.

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13 Responses to “Singapore Maid Levy”

  • Eugene Baikoff says:

    I am aged 86, I am a P.R. and I have a maid which was emoployed by my wife (Singaporean)until recently when my wife passed away. I have transfered the maid to my employ and jow the Government asks that I pay a levy of $265 p.m instead of the $170, simply because I am a PR.mIs there some course of appeal. I am not employed.
    Some input would be welcome.
    Thks & Rgds.

  • admin says:

    Hi E.Baikoff,
    Sorry for the late reply. You may wish to write to the MOM and appeal. Alternatively, you may wish to talk to your MP to see if he or she can help. I hope this helps. Thank you.

  • Mrs Tam Li Phin says:

    I am sponsoring my Mother, [info removed by admin],in her successful application for a foreign domestic worker who has been with us since 6 October 2014. She is caring for my mother who already has walking difficulties and aggravated by a fall on 9 Sep 14. She is now recuperating after a hip operation on 10 Sep 14. My mother is 84 years old. From you website, anyone above 65 years old is entitled to a reduction of the maid levy to $170. May I confirm that this is correct?

  • admin says:

    Hi, under the 2015 budget, the concessionary maid levy would be $60. So yes, your mother should qualify for it.

  • ACHANTA RAJA Mohan says:

    I’m single (widowed) and my daughter staying with my brother family as she is still young and need ladies support (born Dec2001). I often travel or work late hours as my work is offshore marine related. My brother and his wife are also working. I would like to employ a maid to take care of her. Can i request for concession rate in this case.

    Best Regards
    Mrs Mohan [edited by admin]
    [edited by admin] (Singaporean)

  • admin says:

    Hi Mrs Mohan,
    From 1 May 2015, the concessionary maid levy is now $60 but only effective June 2015. The age limit for the employer’s young children has been increased to 16 years old - so your child should qualify if she is a Singapore citizen, which I think so. However, your child would have to live at the same address as you do. Under MOM regulations, the FDW (foreign domestic worker) has to live in the same address as the employer. This is something you will have to take into consideration for your circumstance. Thank you.

  • Mdm Wong says:

    I am aged 64, but I have a sister aged 68 living with me same address for past 10 years. I have a maid working for both of us for past 18 years. Can you please advise whether I am entitled to the S$60 concessionary rate. Please also tell me how I can go about getting this concessionary rate.

    Thanks and regards

  • admin says:

    Hi Mdm Wong,
    Thank you for your question.

    Your case is somewhat special. Normally, if you or your spouse fulfill the age criterion of 65 or above, the MOM will automatically give you the concessionary rate. There is no need for application.

    In your case, it is your sister - I would think that you should qualify for the concessionary rate. However, you would have to approach the MOM for them to evaluate your case. You would probably have to provide the relevant proof they may ask for. You can contact the MOM at 6438-5122.

    Thank you.

  • savitha says:


    I’m PR and working mother. What is the leavy that I need to pay ?

    Thank You.

  • admin says:

    Maid levy is of 2 kinds - concessionary ($60 per month) and normal ($265 per month).

    Because the information you have given is insufficient, I cannot advise which category you fall under.
    If you don’t qualify for concessionary, it means you fall under the normal levy.

    The criteria for qualifying for the concessionary levy are:

    1. you have a Singapore citizen child under 16 living with you.
    2. you have an aged person above 65 living with you. Singapore citizenship is required. There are further criteria for PR.
    3. you have a person with disability living with you. The grant is at $120 per month.

    For further details, please refer to the maid agency assisting with your recruitment of helper.

    Thank you.

  • Geetha says:

    Hi i want to take a maid to look after my kids.we are pr. How much is the levy and how much salary need to pay for maid.
    Thank you

  • Geetha says:

    Is there any concession for working mother.i am working now.

  • zhou says:

    hi i’m PR single mother.. n my daughter also PR (8years old), am i entitle for $60 levy thanks

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