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 …
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…
Take some time to help your new helper settle in
Settling into a new job can be tricky. This is especially the case if your helper is living far away from home. Moving in with their new employers, while at the same time settling into your their new job can be daunting. Make the transition easier for your new helper by taking some time to help your new helper settle in. They’ll be happier and work harder, and everyone is a winner. Here are a few quick tips for helping your new domestic…
Tulip Tomatoes Bouquet
Your employer is organizing a party? Suggest to add these tulip tomatoes to the menu. Success guaranteed! The filled tomatoes are also a great appetizer or afternoon snack.
13 large cherry tomatoes 14 stalks of chives/spring onion 200g cottage cheese 1 cucumber ½ teaspoon dried basil Salt Pepper Directions
Dice the cucumber very finely or grate. Stir in cheese and basil, season with salt and pepper. Cut a cross shape on the top of each…
Training your helper is key to a smooth-running household
Employers sometimes overlook the importance of training their domestic workers. Some say it’s a waste of time, while others claim it’s not necessary. But not training your helper before she starts to work can actually cost you more than you realise. So where do you begin? Here are some tips on how to properly train helpers.
#1 Show them how to clean
Cleaning styles are different for every person. But since…
Deviled Chick Eggs
Lots of fun to do with children on a rainy afternoon or nice to share with friends (especially if you make the chicks look like them). You can be as creative as you want to be when making these deviled chick eggs.
8 extra-large eggs, hard boiled ½ cup heavy mayonnaise ¼ teaspoon garlic powder ¼ teaspoon prepared mustard ¼ teaspoon salt
Carrots Red bell pepper Green bell pepper Black pepper (whole) Pimento stuffed olives Chives …
These domestic helper swimming safety tips will give you a peace of mind
It is going to be another beautiful day tomorrow and your children are begging if they can go play in the water. You don’t have time to go with them, but you do want them to have fun and play. You could ask your helper, but are a bit worried about safety.
No need! Just devise an action plan together with your children (if they are old enough) and your helper.
First thing’s first: the talk with your helper…
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…
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.
When choosing a plan,…
It is tempting to cast a glance at the many helper profiles available online to get a sense of what is out there. But before getting there, it is important that as a future employer you get clarity on what it is that you are actually looking for in a domestic helper. Keep in mind that if you are to review and compare profiles to find your gem, a set of key criteria to assess them against is necessary.
What exactly is a job description?
A job description outlines the main duties and responsibilities…