Typhoon can bring massive damage to the city

Strong Typhoon Signal: Precautionary Measures and Domestic Helper Work Arrangement

Summer is the typhoon season in Hong Kong. Get prepared with these safety tips. Precautionary measures for strong typhoons Make sure you have enough food and essential groceries at home. Plan beforehand, as most stores and supermarkets will close if the Typhoon Signal Number 8 (or higher signal) is hoisted. Keep an eye on the Hong Kong Observatory’s website for T8 (strong typhoon) warnings, and follow the news if possible. Make sure that all ...

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HelperChoice Bank Accounts Guide for Domestic Helpers

What Do You Need to Know About Domestic Helper Loan Sharks?

You may have heard of employers being harassed by loan sharks because their domestic helpers used the residence address for taking out loans and are not able to repay the debts. But why are many domestic helpers in debt and how can you prevent your helper from getting into debts? Why do domestic helpers borrow money? Because of recruitment debts charged by unethical employment agencies Legally, placement fees employment agencies in Hong Kong ...

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How to Prepare a Domestic Helper’s Room Properly

It is important to offer your domestic helper a proper living quarter so that she can gain enough rest after a long day working. But things get a tad more complicated when it comes to the accommodation arrangement as foreign domestic helpers in Hong Kong or Singapore are required to live with their employers. HelperChoice investigated the most common living arrangements for domestic helpers in Hong Kong. The survey exposes that ...

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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 ...

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Visa Requirements For Taking Your Domestic Helper on Holiday

When you take your domestic helper on holiday, securing the right visa for your domestic helper is key. In many South-east Asian countries, your domestic helper is allowed to join you on a short stay tourist. But in many western countries, your domestic helper will need to apply for a special visa. If you want to avoid tourist issues ruining your holiday, contacting the embassy will be the best way, ...

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HelperChoice Bank Accounts Guide for Domestic Helpers

Opening a Bank Account in Hong Kong For Your Domestic Helper: The Ultimate Guide

Maybe you just employed a new domestic helper or maybe you have been employing her for a few years. In any case, you might wonder how to pay the domestic helper's salary every month, should you give her cash directly or make a bank transfer? What are the advantages of opening a bank account for your domestic helper? In Hong Kong, many domestic helpers do not have have a bank account to ...

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Cooking Classes in Hong Kong For Domestic Helpers

Cooking classes are surely the best way to build up your domestic helper’s confidence in the kitchen, enable her to master new skills, learn the art of cooking in different cuisines and become more creative about food. There are many options for cooking classes for your domestic helper out there. Read on to find just what you have been looking for all along. Towngas runs basic cookery classes targeted at domestic ...

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HelperChoice reveals the areas in Hong Kong where foreign domestic workers get the highest salary

[Chinese version following English version] As the Hong Kong Labour Department is expected to announce the foreign domestic workers minimum wage reevaluation by the end of the month, HelperChoice analyzed the data of more than 2,000 job ads posted on its platform from 1 October 2017 to 31 July 2018. The study reveals a very encouraging trend: for the 2nd consecutive year, the average salary offered by employers located in Hong Kong increased ...

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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 ...

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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 ...

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