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…

Hacks for a Great Domestic Helper Interview

In your quest for a trustworthy and capable domestic helper the interview of the candidates is a crucial task.

In the interview, you will be able to assess the candidate’s communication skills and motivation and challenge all the skills she says she has. This process is difficult to outsource as it all depends on your click with the candidate and intuition, and because the domestic helper will take care of your children and your home.

 We recommend you to personally interview…

8 Essential Steps to Domestic Helper Paperwork Processing

Handling the paperwork for your new helper is not always an easy task. Follow these 8 steps and you should be set.

If you thought you were done when you found that great helper, think again. Handling the paperwork can be a confusing process. Don’t waste time by missing a step or not answering that one question. Pay attention to every single part of the process so that you do not make unnecessary mistakes. How? Read, remember and even print these steps, to make the paperwork processing…

Does my Domestic Helper’s Nationality Matter?

Searching for the right helper is not always an easy task as there is a lot of contradicting information out there that can cause confusion among employers-to-be. It can be difficult to distinguish between urban myths and actual truths. Whether a helper’s nationality matters when looking at hiring help to give us a hand at home depends on your needs and requirements.

It is important to avoid falling into stereotypes by linking certain personal attributes – such as honesty,…

Tips for Employers on Encouraging Ethical Domestic Helper Recruitment

By law, employment agencies in Hong Kong are only allowed to charge foreign domestic helpers no more than 10% of their first month wage as placement fees. However, some agencies charge the domestic helpers illegal fees directly, and many employers have a limited knowledge of such practice because it causes no additional costs to them.

 

Such practices place domestic helpers at risk of debt bondage and forced labour. While the Hong Kong Government, trade unions and civil…

Minimum Wage or More? Paying the Right Salary to Your Domestic Helper

In Hong Kong, a specific legal minimum wage has been set for foreign domestic workers, but some employers pay more. Why?

 

“You should never pay your domestic helper too much. Your helper starting wage is so high, you will definitely spoil the market for other employers!” A friend of Jane uttered this to her over lunch. Jane felt frustrated because she wanted to be fair to the domestic helper, but also not be taken advantage of.

 

Little Hiring Experience

Most people…

Preparing the End of Your Helper’s Contract: Which Letters You Should (or Have to) Write?

Release letter, termination letter, recommendation letter… what are the differences and how to draft them?

There are several cases which could lead to the end of your helper’s contract: either you or your helper decided to terminate the contract ahead of time, or one of you decided not to renew it. Depending on the different cases, there are legal requirements and “nice-to-have”.

 

#1 – Drafting a termination letter

If you or your helper decided to terminate…

Finding a Great Domestic Helper: A How-To Guide

Finding a great helper is not easy, but it is crucial you find her. Your home needs someone you can rely on.

 

Every family has their own preferences and there is no one-size fits all. But there are some steps you can take to ensure you find the helper that best fits your family.

First of all, take matters into your own hands. It’s tempting to outsource the search for a helper, but do you really trust an agency or third person to fully understand your needs? Do you feel at ease when…

Alternatives to Hiring A Foreign Domestic Worker

Should I go for a foreign domestic helper?

Foreign domestic helpers have become part of our everyday life and definitely contribute to making our lives easier and make it possible for many of us to have a full-time job in Hong Kong. No matter how convenient it is, there are a few things to keep in mind before making the leap. Ask yourself: What are my needs? How much do I value my privacy? Can I invest enough time in training (should that be necessary) and managing a full-time live-in …

Job Interview Tips for Domestic Workers

The interview is an important part of the hiring process for the employer. After the interview, they will have a better idea of the person you are. Here are some tips that will help you to prepare.

 

Be on time

The employer is looking for a trustworthy applicant so make sure you are on time. In case you are running late, let the employer know by calling her or sending her a message so she will know. Inform the employer at least one day in advance if you cannot attend the interview.

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