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…

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…

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 …

Hiring a Domestic Helper in Singapore: Agency or Direct Hire?

Foreign domestic workers (FDWs) have become an essential part of our lives – we can never have too many extra hands to help us with the numerous household chores and care for our loved ones. Hiring can, however, be a tough job. When it comes to scouting and hiring a housemaid in Singapore there are two distinct ways: either through an agency hire – i.e. going through a so-called ‘maid’ agency – or a direct hire – basically going for a DIY job. Obviously, both ways have their…

Why People in Hong Kong Can’t Get by Without Their Domestic Helpers

After having employed a domestic helper, many employers feel like they cannot be without helpers. If you’ve just arrived in Hong Kong or never had a helper, find out why so many people swear by employing one.

There are more than 50 million domestic workers worldwide and about 350,000 in Hong Kong. Hiring a nanny or helper is a viable option for many families. Here are our top 8 reasons why we cannot be without helpers.

1) It makes working life easier

You don’t have to rush home to…

Is There a Probationary Period when I Hire a Domestic Worker?

Before hiring a foreign domestic worker (FDW), it is essential to have a good knowledge and understanding of your rights and obligations as an employer and those of your employee-to-be. Here is everything you need to know about probationary periods.

Is there a probationary period for FDWs?

Employers often assume that foreign domestic helpers have to undergo a probationary period to evaluate whether they are a ‘good fit’ and after which both parties can decide whether …

HelperChoice and AXA Hong Kong Offer Comprehensive Protection to Domestic Workers and Employers

The leading ethical online platform in Hong Kong – HelperChoice joins hands together with the leading insurance company – AXA Hong Kong to offer a discount on domestic helper insurance as well as free first-aid training for HelperChoice members.

In order to make the hiring process easier, HelperChoice has decided to expand its partnership in order to propose a complete and adapted domestic helper insurance to its members. AXA Hong Kong’s domestic helper insurance …

What Alternatives to Live-in Helpers?

Hiring a foreign domestic worker (FDW) is often thought to be the only solution to get extra hands to help around in the household. While FDWs play an extremely valuable role in many Singaporean and expat households – particularly by making it possible for breadwinners to strike a balance between their career and their personal life – they are hardly the only option.

 

Hiring a FDW should not be taken lightly. It is imperative that any employer-to-be takes time to think…