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Middle class: Realm of the living dead?

Middle class: Realm of the living dead?

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Struggling with rising costs and long working hours, some find hiring a domestic maid both a luxury and a necessity.

By Terence Lee

Babies are a luxury. Necessity? Well... Photo: ECohen

There’s been some debate going on about giving maids more compulsory days off, and getting employers to fork out the costs of doing so.

Here’s the current situation: A standard contract between a maid and employer recommends one day off per month, with compensation in-lieu of around S$20 per day off.

Now, the Singapore government’s Ministry of Manpower has proposed that maids be given four days off a month instead.

Some find this extravagant. Read the full story