PETALING JAYA: Despite the heightened demand for Filipino domestic workers of late, the recruitment is progressing without a glitch, says the Philippine Embassy in Malaysia.

Its labour attache Teresa Lourdes said if all documentation is complete and proper, and complied with the requirements of the Philippine Department of Migrant Workers, the employment of Filipino domestic workers will take less than four months.

“From the Philippines’ side, we didn’t experience any hiccups to the recruitment process.

“There are no adverse effects to the increase in demand for our domestic workers.

“In fact, we are happy that Malaysians are appreciative of our workers,” she said.

Lourdes said the embassy had processed 6,350 job orders or manpower requests for domestic workers from April to August this year.

“We were able to verify individual employment contracts for 773 domestic workers for April, and 2,310 last month,” she said, adding that 7,370 contracts were attested this year alone.

Overall, 61,567 Filipino domestic workers’ employment contracts were verified from January 2017 to Aug 31 this year, she said.

Lourdes also said there are at least three seminars or training sessions that Filipino domestic workers have to undergo before they can be employed.

“They must attend the pre-employment orientation seminar online and complete the training with the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority to obtain national competency recognition.

“After that, they must attend the pre-departure orientation seminar and comprehensive pre-departure education programme conducted by accredited service providers,” she said.

These workers, she added, must be medically certified that they are fit to work by clinics accredited by the Department of Migrant Workers.

Malaysian employers currently pay Filipino helpers RM1,680 a month, with a day off weekly. The workers are entitled to a payment of RM65 if they are required to work on a rest day.

The employer too shall provide the workers with personal, accident, medical and repatriation insurance from a reputable insurance company and a vacation leave with full pay of not less than 15 days for every year of service, made available after the completion of the contract.

Last week, The Star reported about the increasing demand for Filipino domestic workers, a change from previous times when they were the upmarket “last resort” because of the higher costs of hiring them and stringent requirements involved.

The situation is also driven by Malaysian employers’ desperation for domestic help and the bureaucratic delay in the arrival of Indonesian maids.

In addition, the wage gap between Indonesian and Filipino domestic workers has narrowed.

Currently, an Indonesian helper is paid RM1,500 monthly, with a day off per week.