Yes. All the maid agencies listed at Bestmaid are Licensed. Ministry of Man Power issues the license to operate the Maids Recruitment and Deployment business.
If the application is done in correct manner to process the Work Permit for the maid, it takes anywhere from one week to four weeks for maid to arrive and start working for the employer. It also depends on the country of maid in some cases.
As per MOM (Ministry of Manpower) regulation, an employer needs to pay the maids levy, which is a kind of monthly tax, paid to government on every single foreign domestic worker employed in republic of Singapore.
You can only employ maid from MOM (Ministry of Manpower) approved source of countries for FDW (Foreign Domestic Workers). The countries are: Malaysia, Philippines, Indonesia, Thailand, Myanmar, Sri Lanka, India and Bangladesh.
As an Employer, you are liable to pay full cost of the medical expense, including hospitalization. So its better to have insurance coverage for hospitalization expenses for your maid.
Presently MOM regulation does not allow the part-time employment of maids.