Domestic Workers

Social Security Coverage Expansion For Domestic Workers

Domestic workers will be covered under Employees' Social Security Act (Act 4) and Employment Insurance System (Act 800) that will be enforced starting 1 June 2021.

Starting from 1 June 2022, registration of domestic workers is compulsory Employees’ Social Security Act 1969 and Employment Insurance System Act 2017.

This is also applicable for domestic workers whose insurance policy on employement injury and employment insurance are valid until 31 May 2022.

Domestic Worker Definition

A domestic worker is a person employed exclusively in the work or in connection with work of a private dwelling house and not of any trade, business or profession carried on by the employer in such dwelling house.

Example of Domestic Workers

  • Housemaid

  • Personal Driver

  • Gardener

  • Personal Bodyguard

  • Personal Security Guard

  • Personal Cook

  • Caregiver

  • Nanny

Domestic Worker Eligibility

  • Malaysian Citizens / Permanent Residents / Temporary Residents.
  • Foreigners with legitimate travel documents.

Employer Eligibility

  • Malaysian Citizens
  • Foreigners who hire Malaysian Citizens / Permanent Residents / Temporary Residents as domestic workers.


The registration process for domestic worker is similar to the formal worker registration where employee is responsible to ensure that you are registered by the employer and your contributions are paid fully. You may find the registration process in the link below.


The contribution rate is the same as the contribution rate under the Employees' Social Security Act 1969 and the Employees' Social Security Act 2017 (refer to the contribution rate). There are two methods of payment for domestic worker contributions, either through the ASSIST Portal or in advance through the mobile application Prihatin.

Payment Guide via Prihatin

Video Guide via Prihatin

Scheme Eligibility

Act / Domestic Worker Act 4 Act 800
Employment Injury Scheme Invalidity Scheme Employment Insurance System
Malaysian Citizen Eligible Eligible Eligible
Permanent Resident Eligible Eligible Eligible
Temporary Resident Eligible Eligible Eligible
Foreign Worker Eligible Not Eligible Not Eligible
Employer Contribution 1.25% 0.5% 0.2%
Employee Contribution - 0.5% 0.2%

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