Household Bill To Go Up As Hiring Domestic Help Gets Costlier
After petrol and diesel bills, its time for you to gear up to shell out more for hiring a full-time domestic help as the government is readying a national policy that has proposed a minimum salary of Rs 9,000 per month with mandatory leaves and social security cover.
At present, the draft of ‘National Policy For Domestic Workers’ is being readied up for the approval of Union Cabinet which when passed would bring in a slew of new expenses for the employers of domestic workers. Some of the provisions include compulsory 15 days of paid leave, maternity leave, right to pursue education and mandatory contribution from the employer towards the social security of the domestic help.
While majority of the household are employed informally, once the policy framework gets implemented, all employers as well as domestic help will have to register on the board and payment of salaries will be made through this board if the policy gets finalized. This move will directly impact the 5 million domestic workforce working across India.
Earlier in a survey conducted by a job search portal, it was found that on an average, a housemaid earns around Rs 6,000 monthly in Delhi, a cook earns 8,500 while a nanny earns Rs 7,000 per month. As the new policy kicks in, the households that employ more than one domestic help may feel the pressure as now they will have to spend at least Rs 9,000 for each worker. Along with this, the employers have to do proper paperwork for the domestic help.
The policy will also promote the rights for them to organise and form their own unions/associations and affiliate with other unions/associations. It will also provide for a model contract of employment with a well-defined period of work and rest.
Though the average inflation rate in 2018 is expected to be nearly 5 per cent, the pay rise is expected to be just 3 per cent, slightly up from 2.9 per cent in 2017. With ever increasing cost of living including home loan cost, electricity bill, water bill and increased taxes on daily necessities, the total maintenance cost of a household has already gone up. With the cost of domestic help going up, the pressure would be paramount on middle-class families.