Domestic workers

0704 Written Response to PQ on Injuries Suffered by Migrant Domestic Workers

NOTICE NO. 1181 FROM 2022 FOR THE SITTING OF JULY 4, 2022
QUESTION NO. 1845 FOR WRITTEN RESPONSE

MP: Seah Kian Peng

Ask the Minister of Manpower for each year in the past five years a) how many migrant domestic workers have been injured in the course of their work; and (b) what is the average remuneration paid to each of these migrant domestic workers.

Answer:

  1. The Ministry of Manpower (MOM) does not collect data on the number of migrant domestic workers (MDW) who have suffered work-related injuries. The nature of domestic work makes it difficult to determine whether an injury sustained in the household was due to work-related activities.
  2. However, under the Employment of Foreign Workers Act, employers are responsible for the basic welfare of their MDWs who work and live in their household. This includes paying for medical expenses their MDWs have incurred in Singapore, whether the illness or injury is a result of work. MDW employers are also required to maintain a personal accident insurance plan (PAI) for their MDWs with a sum insured of at least $60,000 per year. The PAI compensates MDW or her family if she suffers a permanent disability or dies as a result of an accident, whether work-related or not.
  3. MOM does not have claims data for payments to MDWs because employers purchase PAI from insurers.