Can anyone tell me the going rate for maid services from a young SE Asian woman?
We hired someone this weekend who was recommended by a friend of my wife. Young Indonesian girl. She did a good job, working steadily for 5 hours without a break (windows, bathrooms, floors, etc). This was the first time we ever hired a maid.
Apparently my wife didn’t discuss price with her in advance, because as she was leaving my wife pulled out NT$1,250 and the girl was visibly shocked that we were paying so much and she said she couldn’t take it, but she did when my wife insisted. My wife came up with that amount because 2 or 3 of her friends had said NT$200-300 is standard, so it came out to NT$250/hr.
Of course, compared to cram school wages – or pay from a real job – that’s a pittance. But I thought about it later and realized (a) that’s roughly double what MosBurger workers earn and (b) that’s US$8.00 per hour for an Indonesian maid in Taiwan, which actually does sound like pretty good money. By comparison, I expect that’s only a little below the minimum wage in the US, once a rich and powerful nation. Heck, I worked for many years at $3.20/hour or $4.00/hr. And, that’s more than US$40 for an afternoon’s work, perhaps more than she’d earn in a week back home.
I’m not complaining about paying NT$250/hr. I can afford it and I feel she did a good job. I just wonder if that’s roughly what most comparable workers receive for that type of work.