Should I give my helper a bonus or increase the wage?

Your helper has been with you for a while and you may wonder if you should increase her salary or give her a bonus. What do other employers do?

There is no golden rule or a standard practice when it comes to giving your helper a bonus or increasing her wage. But don’t pull your hair out yet, we went out and asked what others do.

When should I give my helper a bonus or salary increase?

There is absolutely no consensus on this, but many employers consider this question for the first time after…

Survey Result – Work and Life of Domestic Workers: 32% of Their Employers Judged Disrespectful

HelperChoice, the leading platform connecting employers and domestic workers conducted a survey from October 9th until October 17th, 2017 in the Middle East, Hong Kong and Singapore to get more information about how domestic workers are living their lives. 245 domestic workers participated in the survey and the results are startling: 32% of the domestic workers feel that their employer is not respectful.


Domestic workers’ main duties are to do the housework (mentioned…

How to Terminate Your Domestic Helper’s Contract

Unfortunately, it is sometimes necessary to terminate your helper’s contract. Be sure to follow the necessary steps if this is the case. Consider if you really want to terminate your helper’s contract

Firing your helper will have an impact on her career prospects and on the family she is supporting back home. If you are relocating or suddenly no longer have the financial means, or if you are moving into a smaller apartment, you may unfortunately have no other option.…

The Importance of Domestic Helper Recommendations Unravelled

Are domestic helper recommendations really that important?


It’s difficult to find that great helper. And all the advice of others is great, but it can also make you more confused. Facebook comments indicate that people really insist on domestic helper recommendations, but helpers are not always willing to give their previous employer’s phone number. What to do? Should you care about the recommendation letter?

The Merit of Recommendations You have an idea…

MOM Announces Changes in Personal Accident Insurance for Helpers

After a rise in the minimum salary for Filipino helpers in April 2017, the Ministry of Manpower (MOM) announced on 7 May 2017 changes to the Personal Accident Insurance (PAI) for foreign domestic workers effective from 1 October 2017.

Those changes aim at harmonizing practices in the insurance sector and creating a solid and common framework for insurance providers to guarantee a more efficient and comprehensive protection for foreign domestic workers and their families…

Breaking: Increase in Foreign Domestic Workers’ Minimum Wage in Hong Kong

A 2.3% increase in foreign domestic helpers’ (FDWs) minimum wage – known as the Minimum Allowable Wage (MAW) – was announced by the Government on 29 September 2017. As a result, FDWs’ minimum wage will increase from $4,310 to $4,410 per month. Along with a rise in foreign domestic helpers’ Minimum Allowable Wage, the Government also announced a 1.5% increase in the food allowance for foreign domestic workers, from not less than $1,037 per month to not less than…

Help! Since I’ve Hired a Domestic Helper My Privacy Is Gone

Your home has not felt the same since your domestic helper has been working for you. What are the common causes and what can you do about them?

Maintaining privacy with a live-in helper is not easy. When your helper first started working for you, the issue of privacy may not have been so pronounced. But over time, you may start to feel less and less comfortable having her around all the time. This can even lead to you considering to not have a helper at all despite all the benefits she brings…

What to Do if Your Helper Wants to Go Out at Night

Your helper has asked if she can go out during the week with her friends. What should you do?

“My helper has started with us for a month, but now she is asking if she can go out during the week ‘after hours’. She said she used to do this with her old employer. I’m confused because I thought their days off are just Sundays. I don’t love this idea, but I understand she is entitled to spend her time ‘after hours’ as she pleases. Should we let the helper go out or not?”

This is a …

HelperChoice and the International Labour Organisation Are Partnering to Fight Illegal Domestic Workers’ Recruitment Practices in Hong Kong

Press release September 28th, 2017

HelperChoice is supporting the International Labour Organization to fight illegal recruitment practices of domestic workers in Hong Kong.

The International Labour Organization (ILO) is a United Nations agency created in 1919. It brings together governments, employers and workers representatives of 187 member states, to set labour standards, develop policies and devise programmes promoting decent work for all.

The ILO Fair Programme…

Survey about Domestic Helpers’ rewards in Asia

HelperChoice conducted a survey over one week beginning of September among domestic workers in Asia. Migrant domestic workers were asked to answer several questions about the rewards they receive.

89% of the respondents received at least one kind of reward over the last year and more than half of them receive rewards several times a year. About a third of the migrant domestic workers receive a reward once a year. But the most striking is that more than 1 out of 5 helpers spontaneously…