As mentioned from a previous post, we’ll be picking up our yaya tomorrow. I’m crossing all fingers hoping that she’s heaven-sent. After all, it’s really hard to find a good yaya these days. Thanks to a referral, we only spent about a month trying to find one. We’re not planning on spending more time than that so we’re hoping that she passes our strict requirements with flying colors.
If she indeed passes, we’ll have to talk about the salary. After all, we’re paying for her services. She actually has an idea when it comes to the compensation package because we already gave her this information. So it’s obvious that the compensation that we’re offering is okay with her.
Before we made our compensation package, I did my own research. I browsed through several online communities in order to know how much people are paying yayas and househelps these days. I was surprised at the discrepancies. Some people are paying their yayas Php 1,500 only while some are paying more than Php 4,000. In addition, some of them are offering added benefits while others are not.
Now, it’s important to note that the Senate has already passed the Senate Bill No. 78 or the “Kasambahay Bill”. This is timely considering the fact that the bill regarding our househelps and yayas are so outdated. I remember reading that with the old bill, the minimum wage for a househelp or yaya in Manila is around Php 1,000. That’s not right.
“All human beings, no matter their station in life, should be accorded full dignity and guaranteed full respect for human rights,” said Senate President Juan Ponce Enrile. “Most house helpers endure abuse in the hands of their employers. This bill not only ensures the rights of our helpers, but will also protect them from being maltreated.”
The minimum wage depends on where you’re located. The same thing applies even with the new “Kasambahay Bill”.
- Php 2,500 (Manila rate)
- Php 2,000 (Chartered cities and first-class municipalities)
- Php 1,500 (Third-class municipalities)
In addition to the minimum wage, an employer is also required to extend the following benefits:
All of these information should be in a contract that’s in a language that can be understood by both the employer and the househelp. The contract should last no longer than two years and it should also include the working hours and rest days.
Our yaya’s compensation package
Even if the bill is still waiting for PNoy’s signature, I fully intend to give our yaya a competitive compensation package. Please note that we’re living in Lipa City which is a chartered city. So according to the new law, I should pay our yaya a minimum of Php 2,000 per month.
In addition, we’re expecting our yaya to also help around with the house chores. Please note that me and my wife are both working at home and we fully intend to take care of our baby as well. So in a way, we’re only looking for a part-time yaya. While she’s not doing anything, she’s expected to help around the house. Of course, we’ll see later on if she can handle such load. I’m confident that she can since we’ll be hands-on with raising our baby.
There will be some sort of probationary period wherein we’ll pay our yaya Php 3,000 without any additional benefits. Of course, she’ll be living in with us so basic needs like food and water are taken care of. In addition, we’ll also be providing her with the basic toiletries like shampoo, conditioner, soap, toothbrush and toothpaste.
As a suggestion, tell your yaya how much toiletries you’re going to give her so that she’ll not waste anything. If she consumes more than her allotted toiletries, she’ll have to pay for them herself. I’ve read some stories wherein the yaya was sending the toiletries to her family in the province and she keeps on asking for new toiletries.
There will be a three-month probationary period. If she proves to be worthy of “regularization”, we’ll be offering the following benefits together with the Php 3,000 a month salary:
- SSS, Philhealth, Pag-IBIG and ECC
- 13th month pay
- Yearly increase
We believe that the package is competitive enough. I believe in taking care of our helpers so they can take care of us. It’s a win-win situation.
How much are you paying your yaya? Let’s talk about it in the comments section.
Photo from Kelvin Servigon