Hiring a Yaya: Agency vs. Referrals

What’s better? Hiring a yaya from an agency or getting a referral from a friend? Our expert gives us the pros and the cons.

The prospect of hiring a yaya can be truly daunting. Some people swear by agencies while others swear they will never use one again for as long as they live. The latter go through a more “tedious” route of scouting for referrals by trusted friends. Both can actually yield promising results. Taken from our Good Housekeeping’s the Maid Manual, here are the pros and cons:

 

Agencies:

Advantages:

  • Agencies have a pool of people and may be able to fill your requirements within a shorter period of time
  • Should the initial staffer not work out, you are entitled to  replacements during a six-month period from your signing the agency contract
  • Reputable agencies already do the legwork with regard to proper NBI clearances, checking past employer referrals, basic medical tests, etc.
  • You can stipulate as to your qualification requirements:
    • Experienced yaya
    • Yaya for Newborns
    • Midwife(Licensed or undergraduate)
    • Nursing Aide/Caregiver
    • Nurse(Board passer or undergraduate)

Disadvantages:

  • Since agencies can usually fulfill time requirements, you may be “doomed” to make do with their current roster of staffers thereby sacrificing the quality of the staff for the urgency of your need. Waiting periods for agencies often vary from a week to possibly a few months.
  • Additional expenses/office fees:
    • Transportation/”Delivery” Fee:      Php 100 to Php 350
    • Office/Service Fee:                     Php 2,000 to Php 4,000
    • Interview Fee:                            Php 100 to Php 250
    • 20%  advance on the employees salary is charged by agencies
    • Replacement Cost (varies)
    • Any additional medical tests required that are not covered by the basic scope of the Agencies.

Personal Referrals:

Advantages:

  • You may actually get lucky by being patient and waiting
  • Trust is less of an issue since yayas that are referred are often given the seal of approval by good friends/colleagues
  • No placement fee/office fees are required
  • Usually staffers who do not have the immediate option of jumping from employer to employer are more patient and hardworking

 

Disadvantages:

  • Since your friends are not “under contract” to find staffers for you, your time requirements may not always be met.
  • Replacement for a staffer who did not work out are not guaranteed
  • Conversely, friendships and relationships may be strained should the staffer cause problems or is terminated
  • All desired tests, medical expenses and possible clearances are for your account.

Obviously, hiring the ideal staffer takes a lot of patience as well as effort. There are no guarantees regardless of whether you are able to procure one through a referral or a reputable agency. Sometimes, perhaps oftentimes, prayer is still the best answer.

Good luck and keep your fingers crossed!

Source: Tisha Bautista of smartparenting.com.ph
Published: July 19th, 2010

18 Comments. Leave new

While hiring a nanny should grant you peace of mind, satisfaction and flexibility with your social and business endeavours, the hiring process itself can be troublesome. You have to decide whether you prefer full-time or part-time and whether to use a nanny agency or find a referral through friends; keeping in mind that each option you take has its own merits and drawbacks.

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i am looking for kasambahay . age 3- 35 yr/o please.

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sorry 30-35 years old.

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pls call any of our tel numbers listed in the website for faster communication. thanks

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How much is your service fees for getting a reliable Nanny? Please email me and let me know. Thank you.

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ok sir will email you. For faster communication you may call us also to any of our contacts listed in this website. thanks

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Nina Cuevas
06/06/2016 1:47 pm

I need an all around maid, how much is the basic and additional charges?

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kathleen soriano
06/21/2016 2:06 am

i need a yaya for my 9month old son..i prefer 30 to 40 yrs old how much will it cost me email me please.

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PLease email me a quote for a yaya for 3 kids

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Erlynne B. Nohay
08/23/2016 3:50 pm

Good Day.

We are looking for a fulltime kasambahay, I would like to inquire how much monthly salary for the kasambahay and also how much processing fee. Thank you and hope to hear from your response

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israel casidsid
09/05/2016 11:33 pm

Hi, I need an all around maid asap. Kindly contact me through my email. Thanks

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i need a yaya for my 1 year and 9month old son..i prefer 30 to 40 yrs old how much will it cost me email me please

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I Need an all around maid.. How much is ur agency fee

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pls call any of our tel numbers listed in the website for faster communication. thanks

Tel: 9066029 | 9195616 | Cell: 09272364934 | Viber: 09099784236 | ABS: 09182714853 mabuhay@maidinthephilippines.net

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Franz Mendoza
01/18/2017 12:07 pm

We are looking for a Yaya for our baby. How much is the pricing?
Thanks

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hi thanks for the inquiry> for faster assistance you may to these contact details.

02-577-8527 | 02-919-5616
0927-236-4934 |Viber: 0909-978-4236 | ABS-CBN: 0918-271-4853
mabuhay@maidinthephilippines.net

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Need 1 ( Kasambahay ) all around.

Please let me know how much it will cost me for all the fee’s and the usual salary for the hired maid. thanks!

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hi thanks for the inquiry> for faster assistance you may to these contact details.

02-577-8527 | 02-919-5616
0927-236-4934 |Viber: 0909-978-4236 | ABS-CBN: 0918-271-4853
mabuhay@maidinthephilippines.net

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