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…

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…

Everything You Should Know About Domestic Worker Home Leave

If you are planning to take a leave and go back to your homeland for the holidays, know that there are certain rules you need to comply with to be allowed to re-enter Singapore. Immigration requirements vary though – depending on factors such as your nationality and on how long you have been working with your current employer.

What’s the process like for Indonesian nationals?

It is relatively easy. As an Indonesian FDW you do not need to register with your Embassy. Just make …

When Your Domestic Helper Wants to Stay out on Rest Day

Your helper has requested to stay out on the weekend. She says that she is free to do as she pleases during her 24-hour rest period. Is your helper allowed to do this? And should you let her?

This question is more common than you think. Your helper is naturally entitled to her rest day of consecutively 24 hours, but her staying out is a different issue. Every employer will have their own preferences.

Some employers are very close to their helpers and worry about them as if they were family.…

Everything You Need to Know About Your Helper’s Days Off in Singapore

Is my helper entitled to days off?

By law, your helper is entitled to a certain number of days off. As an employer, you are required to provide her with a weekly rest day. Should your domestic helper and you reach an agreement and decide that she is to work on her days off, she must receive compensation for those worked rest days. Keep in mind that rest days are essential though as they allow helpers to have a break and recuperate from work and as such should not be denied.


How can…

Helper Insurance Policies Explained

The employer is responsible for helper insurance policies

When you hire a helper, you are responsible for taking out a helper insurance policy. Domestic helpers, during the course of their employment, might find themselves in unsafe situations. But with a helper insurance policies, you won’t have to worry about the expenses just in case something happens. So how do you pick the right policy for your domestic helper? Here are some tips.


#1 Premium

When choosing a plan,…

Do You Pay When Your Helper Works Overnight?

There are no standard working hours for helpers – or anyone else – in Hong Kong, but that doesn’t always mean you should let your helper work overnight.  


Babies may cry during the night and after a week of little sleep, you may feel like you are going crazy. Your husband is of no help because he sleeps through it all or he has a job that requires him to be very alert. Luckily, in Hong Kong, many families have domestic helpers who can assist in this case.

Having your helper…

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…

(Press Release) HK Government Raises the Penalty For Overcharging Domestic Helpers: The Beginning Of a New Story?

(The Chinese version follows the English one.)

A recent survey published last month by SAFE (Students Against Fees and Exploitation) interviewing 3,000 domestic helpers and investigating in more than 100 employment agencies in Hong Kong revealed that 70% of the agencies overcharge domestic helper.

The placement fees which are received by an agency sometimes exceed by up to 13 times the legal limit which is defined by the Employment Ordinance and the Employment Agency Regulations…