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Household Helpers in Cyprus

Friday, April 1, 2011

One of the in demand jobs in Cyprus are household helpers or household service workers. Cyprus is a high income Eurasian island country and a popular tourist spot in the Mediterranean Sea. Household helpers include domestic helpers, housemaids and houseboys.

A quick check from the POEA website revealed the following approved job orders for household helpers to be deployed in Cyprus this March 2011.


Important NOTES:

These job orders were taken from the POEA website on the day indicated.
Please verify with the agency if the job orders are still active or not.
Beware of illegal recruiters. Read about illegal recruitment here.
Report to the POEA anything that may involve illegal recruitment immediately.

Another quick check from the POEA revealed the following status of the three recruitment agencies listed in the approved job orders for household helpers in Cyprus:

AL-SIQ INTERNATIONAL PLACEMENT AND MANPOWER SERVICES, INC.
Private Employment Agency
RM.303 CABRERA BLDG I #130 TIMOG AVE Q.C.
Tel No/s : 9215094/ 4118881
Email Address : al-siq@pacific.net.ph
Website : www.al-siq.com
Official Representative : DAMASO A. MUTIA
Status : Good Standing
License Validity : 11/23/2010 to 11/22/2014

JEDI PLACEMENT AGENCY INCORPORATED
(FOR GUILLEN MGT & SVCS INC)
Private Employment Agency
RMS 308, 309 & 310 TM KALAW CTR, 667-A TM KALAW ST ERMITA, MANILA
Tel No/s :
Email Address : JEDI_PLACEMENT@YAHOO.COM
Website : None
Official Representative : MR JOSE UMLAS
Status : Good Standing
License Validity : 11/28/2010 to 11/27/2014

HERBERTS` INTERNATIONAL INC.
Private Employment Agency
R301&405 ERMITA CTR BLG ARQUIZA ST COR ALHAMBRA ST ERMITA, MANILA
Tel No/s : 5284586 TELEFAX
Email Address : herbert`sinternationalinc.@gmail.com
Website : None
Official Representative : MR HERBERT RAYALA
Status : Good Standing
License Validity : 2/23/2008 to 2/22/2012


Apart from the demand, one reason to work in Cyprus as a household helper is the relatively higher pay compared to the more known countries for such kind of workers namely, Hong Kong and Singapore.

Cyprus recently increased minimum salary of household service workers from €429 TO €456 a month (US$567 to US$603) retroactively implemented from January 1, 2011. Conversion rate I found via Google is 1 Euro = 61.57 Philippine Peso which translate to salary range of Php 26,413.53 to Php 28,075.92 .

Where as the minimum allowable wage (MAW) for foreign domestic helpers in Hong Kong is HK$ 3, 580 per month. Conversion rate I found via Google is 1 Hong Kong $ = 5.58 Philippine Peso which translate to a minimum allowable wage of Php 19,976.4 . While in Singapore, a domestic worker pay ranges from S$ 350 - 550. Conversion rate I found via Google is 1 Singapore $ = 34.42 Philippine Peso which translate to a pay range of Php 12,047- Php 18,931 .

These are just comparisons based on my immediate research on the internet and subject to change especially with forex conversion. Plus, there may also be deductions. The point is just that household helpers in Cyprus gets a relatively higher minimum pay.

Last year, I posted in this website a POEA advisory about entertainer jobs in Cyprus that may lead to forced prostitution. I think that it is wise to assume that the same bad people may target female household helpers.

Thus, I advise applicants, especially applicants for housemaids, to be diligent in verifying all information about the legitimacy of the position, of the recruiting agency and of the prospective employer.

To those who will be successfully employed and deployed to Cyprus, it would be also wise to regularly inform your relatives, friends or agency about your condition and treatment there starting from your arrival.

I hope that my dear kababayans will find success in Cyprus.

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