MOM announces changes in Personal Accident Insurance for helpers

After last month’s raise in the minimum salary for Filipino helpers, the Ministry of Manpower (MOM) announced last Sunday changes to the Personal Accident Insurance (PAI) for foreign domestic workers effective 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 back…

Everything you need to know about your helper’s family visiting

Your helper’s children in the Philippines are planning a visit into town to see their mother and you are wondering how things are going to unfold, logistically speaking. The following information will shed some light on the – sometimes quite tedious – process your helper must go through to have her family over.

What’s the process like for my helper?

Your helper will have to go through various steps and make sure that all the necessary paperwork has been processed – especially…

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…

What are the consequences of having a live-out domestic helper?

The popularity of live-out domestic helpers in Hong Kong has been rising in recent years. But what are the consequences?

By Janet Salim

Reasons for live-out arrangements

This arrangement has gained favour amongst employers for many reasons. One such reason is the small sized houses in Hong Kong, which makes it more convenient for employers for their foreign domestic helpers (FDHs) to live out than to live in. On the same note, such an arrangement is preferable among helpers …

All you need to know about helpers in Hong Kong

Useful tips for employers hiring a helper in Hong Kong

The process of hiring a domestic helper can be time-consuming and daunting. We hear you. In order to help you navigate this process more easily we have prepared some resources for all you need to know about helpers in Hong Kong.

What Is A Domestic Helper in Hong Kong?

Just arrived in Hong Kong or planning to move to Hong Kong and wonder what exactly a domestic helper is? Confused by the vocabulary people use? For a short description…

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…

Should I give my new helper statutory holidays?

When you hire a helper, you also suddenly become an employer. The Hong Kong guidelines about helper statutory holidays can be very confusing and vague. Here is a quick insight into what to do.

Your new helper has just started and a statutory holiday is approaching. Some employers think their helper is not entitled to this, but is this really the case?


The Hong Kong labor law answers this question. All Hong Kong domestic helpers are entitled to the 12 statutory days off annually.…

Foreign Domestic Worker’s Salary and Minimum Wage

A legal helper minimum wage has been set for 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 young mother uttered this to her local friend over lunch. The friend had had similar conversations with other expat friends and got angry. In Hong Kong, it seems employers of domestic helpers have different visions as to …

Foreign Domestic Workers a Daily Sight in Hong Kong

Domestic workers account for three to four percent of the Hong Kong population.


Thousands of helpers sitting on the road, laughing, eating and sleeping in groups of four or eight. The air filled with words spoken in an unfamiliar language. Spend one Sunday afternoon in Hong Kong’s Central district and this is what you will encounter. On their day off the foreign domestic workers and helpers in Hong Kong will gather on the streets and in public parks because it is the only…

3 Characteristics of Filipina Helpers

Why hire Filipina helpers?


After making the short list, you’ve finally decided to look for Filipina helpers. You’ve heard so much about the tropical country and how visitors love the white sandy beaches—but not so much about the people. So here is a guide, based on common generalisations, to help you peek through the hearts and minds of Filipina helpers.

#1 They’re friendly

If there is anything that you should know first about Filipina helpers, it’s…