Should I Assign My Domestic Helper’s Tasks?

Once the hiring phase is over, you will come to realize that putting on the ‘employer hat’ is an absolute must. The helper-employer relationship requires constant work as managing a domestic helper not only involves managing the relationship but also your domestic helper’s work – and the live-in factor can sometimes complicate things. Employers can manage their domestic helpers’ work in a different way. Each and every one of us has one’s very own style. While…

HelperChoice Academy Cooking Tips: Roasted Chicken and White Wine Gravy

Every week, the HelperChoice Academy provides tailor-made trainings for domestic helpers in Hong Kong. Through these classes, they learn new skills and techniques.

On Sunday, 7 October, 2018, we had the pleasure to co-organise with Superhelper a foolproof “roasted chicken with white wine gravy” cooking class for domestic helpers.

Foolproof Roasted Chicken with White Wine Gravy recipe What you need:

Chicken

1 kg Chicken, reserve the neck and giblets for stock…

Open a Bank Account for Your Domestic Worker in Singapore: Why and How

From 1 January 2019, employers of foreign domestic workers (FDW) in Singapore are no longer allowed to safe keep any money belonging to their domestic helper including the salary in order to protect both parties from money-related disputes[1]. Therefore, opening a bank account for your domestic helper will be one of the best ways for both, you and the maid to manage her money.

 

The benefits of domestic helpers having a bank account are multiple:

Avoiding salary-related…

Breaking News: 2018 Hong Kong Foreign Domestic Helpers’ Minimum Wage Increase

The Hong Kong Labour Department announced on 28 September 2018 the increase in Foreign Domestic Workers’ (FDWs) minimum wage. The Minimum Allowable Wage (MAW) will grow by 2.5%, from HK$4,410 to HK$4,520 per month.

In addition, the Government also announced a 2.1% increase in the minimum food allowance for foreign domestic helpers, from $1,053 per month to not less than $1,075 per month – employers in Hong Kong have a choice between providing their foreign domestic helper…

Is Your Domestic Helper Entitled to Statutory Holidays?

You may not know it but there is actually a clear distinction between Statutory Holidays and General Holidays in Hong Kong. Here is a short guide to help you navigate through the blurs and complexities.

Not all workers in Hong Kong observe General Holidays. Statutory Holidays, on the other hand, are mandatory, no matter what. According to the Labour Department, 12 holidays – such as the National Day of the People’s Republic of China on October 1st, or the Cheung Yeung …

8 Cooking Classes for Domestic Helpers in Singapore

Demand for cooking classes targeting domestic helpers is on the rise in Singapore. Cookbooks do wonders, there is no doubt about it. But it is needless to say that nothing beats actual cooking classes – especially when an experienced professional shows you the (right) way. Many organisations are offering – and some are specialising in – hands-on courses and workshops for domestic workers to teach them the basics, give maids a solid foundation and help them…

New Domestic Helper Contracts in Hong Kong Will Exclude Window Cleaning from Duties

From January 1, 2017 (Sunday), all foreign domestic helpers who sign contracts to work in Hong Kong will no longer need to clean the exteriors of windows.

 

The new clause stipulates that, when an employer requires the helper to clean the outside of any window which is not located on the ground level or adjacent to a balcony (on which it must be reasonably safe for the helper to work) or common corridor, this must be performed under the following conditions:

(i) the window being…

Importance of Domestic Helper Recommendation Letter

Should you care about domestic worker recommendation letters?

One of the most frequently asked questions by employers who opt for direct hire is that: how can I know the candidates’ work quality when there are no recruitment agencies screening candidates for me?

Employers who want to hire domestic helpers with proven track records can rely on recommendations from previous employers. A recommendation can let you know that a helper’s work was appreciated and can tell…

HelperChoice reveals the areas in Hong Kong where foreign domestic workers get the highest salary

[Chinese version following English version]

As the Hong Kong Labour Department is expected to announce the foreign domestic workers minimum wage reevaluation by the end of the month, HelperChoice analyzed the data of more than 2,000 job ads posted on its platform from 1 October 2017 to 31 July 2018.

 

The study reveals a very encouraging trend: for the 2nd consecutive year, the average salary offered by employers located in Hong Kong increased faster than the legal minimum…

9 Tips to Welcome and Manage Your New Helper

How to manage your new domestic worker? It’s not easy to bring a stranger to your home, but with these tips your friends will be jealous of your healthy employer-helper relationship!

Every domestic helper is different, just like every family is. You’ll always encounter some difficulties when your new domestic worker starts. Your domestic helper may have years of experience, but is not used to your ways of doing things. Or you had a domestic helper who stayed with…