POLO-Singapore announces increase in Filipino helpers’ minimum salary

In a recent press release, the Philippines Embassy’s Overseas Labour Office announced a raise in Filipino domestic workers’ minimum salary. The S$20 raise will bring the minimum wage up from S$550 to S$570 for Filipino helpers who work in Singapore. The measure will be implemented to compensate for fluctuating exchange rates, as the Philippines government set a minimum wage of US$400 for all their overseas workers. The increase in salary will be effective from May 1st,…

What is a domestic helper?

For those landing in Hong Kong to start a new life, the idea of a “domestic helper” may be unfamiliar and daunting.

What is a domestic helper exactly? In Hong Kong the term domestic helper is used instead of maid or housemaid as is usual in other places. In addition, in Hong Kong all foreign domestic helpers are legally required to be hired full-time on a 2-year contract and to live at the same place as the employer. Below you will find a short explanation for the most commonly used…

8 Essential Steps to 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…

Increase Minimum Wage Domestic Helper Hong Kong

Don’t get yourself in trouble. What does the salary increase for domestic helpers mean for you?

After months of lobbying, the government has decided to raise the minimum wage for foreign domestic helpers by HK$100. Regardless or whether or not you are happy with this, read further to find out what implications there are for you.

Helpers already hired

For employers who have signed contracts on or before the 30th of September 2015, nothing changes. You can follow the previous…

How to find a great helper?

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


Finding a great helper is not easy. 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…

Hacks for a Great Helper Interview

Interviewing a helper is a crucial task in your quest for a trustworthy and capable domestic helper.

In the interview you will be able to assess the candidate’s communication skills and motivation. 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 all shortlisted candidates face-to-face or via…

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…

3 Things to Keep in Mind to Find the Right Helper

Hiring the right helper is difficult. Keep these 3 things in mind.


Congratulations! You’ve made the decision to hire a helper. Perhaps you are expecting a baby, or will start working full-time. Whatever the reason you’re looking for a helper, finding the right helper is important. Here are some helpful tips.

#1 Consider your lifestyle

In understanding what suits your needs, you’d have to know yourself well enough. This means that when deciding on which…