Indonesian Helpers in Hong Kong Can Now Renew Contracts Directly

From January 2017, Indonesian domestic helpers and their employers will no longer need to use an agency to renew their contracts in Hong Kong, according to the Indonesian Consulate General.

This applies to domestic workers who are finishing their two-year contracts and who will be renewing with the same employer. Both the helper and employer must agree to renew their contract without assistance from an agency.

If an agreement is reached, the employer will need to submit a letter…

Drawing for the angels – Suset, a helper at work, a painter at heart

Meet Suset. Suset is a painter and a domestic worker in Hong Kong, but I believe her greatest source of pride is being a mother. She left her four kids in the Philippines when she came to work in Hong Kong, but she has never stopped drawing for them. Read Suset’s story and take a moment to thank your parents if they too have made sacrifices for you. If you have children waiting for you back home, think about them as you read this story.

“Let your children be your inspiration. If you are…

Hong Kong government promotes safety at work for domestic helpers

The Hong Kong government is sharing videos and booklets to educate employers and domestic helpers about work safety – particularly relating to window cleaning.

This follows the announcement of new rules that say helpers can only clean window exteriors above the ground floor when window grilles are fixed and an adult is there to supervise.

Since a clause to that effect will only be included in new, or renewed, contracts (and not existing ones), the government is running a campaign…

New documentary investigates the illegal practices of helper agencies

A new documentary shows how foreign domestic workers from the Philippines are charged illegal fees by many employment agencies, and highlights that the government is not doing enough to protect the rights of these helpers.

The documentary, called ‘Between a Rock and a Hard Place’, investigates the unethical activities of many employment agencies in Hong Kong, and shows how helpers often have little choice but to take out loans to pay excessive fees.

This makes it difficult…

Breaking: Hong Kong Increases Minimum Wage for Domestic Workers

The Hong Kong government has increased the minimum wage for foreign domestic workers by $100. This lifts the minimum wage to $4,310, a 2.4% increase from the previous rate of HK$4,210.

Worker groups had been lobbying for a minimum wage of $5,000, while employer groups said big increases would make domestic work unaffordable. The government says it tries to strike a balance between the livelihoods of domestic workers on the one hand and affordability for employers on the other.…

“To be a domestic helper was never my dream” – Rina’s ambition to become an English teacher

Meet Rina. Rina was a simple domestic worker, happily married with a 3-year-old daughter when she first arrived in Hong Kong 11 years ago. Now, she is an accomplished woman who is studying towards a teaching degree at the Indonesian Open University, while working as a domestic helper in HK. Her dream is to teach English in her home town in Indonesia, and to enable her daughter to get a university education. She wants to tell her fellow domestic workers how important education is.…

Indonesian ex-helper makes impressive changes to her home village

Arumy, an Indonesian who worked in Hong Kong as a domestic worker for ten years, returned to home for good in April 2016. After returning, she started the grand project of developing her village, Plumbangan Village, into an international eco-tourism village. In Plumbangan, East Java, tourists can hike up the Kelud Mountain, go on river rafting trips, camp in Jati Forest, and see the ancient Hindu temple Candi Plumbangan.

If you saw Arumy on the streets of Hong Kong three months…

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

Many foreign domestic helpers are caught in a spiralling debt cycle due to employment-related fee loans that they owe to domestic helper loan sharks. And all that even before they start their job.

 

“When I got a job in Hong Kong, I paid US$300 in the Philippines and then another HK$11,000 in Hong Kong. I didn’t have the money, but then the agent told me I could give him my passport and loan the money. The interest was 60%, but I had no other choice. It took me 6 months to pay everything…

How to Handle Problems with Domestic Helpers

Establishing a positive relationship with your helper is important, especially if you envision a long-term hire. This means you will have to handle domestic helper problems carefully.

“My children are not allowed to eat sweets during the week, but I can tell from their behaviour that the helper gave them candy. Should I fire her?” Some employers are quick to terminate their helper’s contract when they do not following instructions. Others would rather only have…

Maids in Middle East Explained

For those landing in the Middle East to start a new life, the idea of a “maid”, “babysitter” and “house maid” and “house boy” may be unfamiliar and daunting. If you are looking for some extra help in your family, there are two options for you: a live-in maid or using a maid service (part time) if it is legal in your new country. Below you will find a short explanation about maids in Middle East.

Maid Service

In Dubai and Qatar it is legal and quite common to find a maid who…