HelperChoice Survey Results – Domestic workers are suffering from long working days: 58% of domestic helpers work more than 14 hours a day

HelperChoice, the leading online platform helping employers find the right helper, conducted a survey among 1180 domestic workers about their rest days and leave.

Giving enough rest to domestic workers is essential so that they can stay healthy and work efficiently during their working hours. Nevertheless, it appears that 41% of the domestic workers interviewed are working between 14 and 16 hours per day and 17% are working more than 16 hours a day. In Hong Kong and Singapore,…

9 Ways to Celebrate Singapore National Day

Shades of red and white are popping up all over the city as National Day festivities are about to begin. Singapore National Day is celebrated on August 9th and is the occasion for many Singaporeans to reflect on our nation’s achievements, the direction our country is taking and what should be done to get there.  It is also a great opportunity for all of us to have some much-deserved fun. Read on to get some ideas on how to best celebrate National Day this year!

 

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What Alternatives to Live-in Helpers?

Hiring a foreign domestic worker (FDW) is often thought to be the only solution to get extra hands to help around in the household. While FDWs play an extremely valuable role in many Singaporean and expat households – particularly by making it possible for breadwinners to strike a balance between their career and their personal life – they are hardly the only option.

 

Hiring a FDW should not be taken lightly. It is imperative that any employer-to-be takes time to think…

12 Signs Your Helper is Unhappy

Keeping one’s domestic helper or housemaid happy and contented with her work should be a priority for every employer. A happy helper is certainly more productive and committed to your family much longer – which means less time spent hiring and training a new helper. Employee motivation is critical as it contributes to creating a positive atmosphere in your household.

Certain signs of dissatisfaction are more obvious to spot – even for an untrained eye – while others…

12 Things to Do in Hong Kong During the Summer

Summers in Hong Kong are definitely stiffening. On top of that, humidity and rain can be pretty good deterrents against any form of activity. But, worry not! There are plenty of things to do and many events to attend this summer. We have compiled a list of 12 things that will keep you busy and will make you forget everything about the scorching heat.

 

Go all artsy! Hong Kong definitely has a lot to offer, and the art scene is thriving in many parts of the city. Take some time to visit…

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…

Bringing Assistance to Abused Domestic Helpers

Any search about domestic helper abuse in Hong Kong will send you down a scary rabbit hole. Foreign Domestic Workers (FDWs) abuse is widespread. In the past few years, several cases of mistreatment and abuse have shed light on those inhumane practices that (still) take place behind closed doors. Shockingly, those practices are by no means isolated incidents; however, the majority of cases go unreported – FDWs are not allowed to work while waiting for a case to be tried. This…

Preparing Your Helper’s Room

Hong Kong is one of the most densely populated cities in the world. More than 7 million people are packed into a relatively small space – as only 25% of the land is habitable due to irregular terrain. Going compact and creative when it comes to arranging space are absolute musts. For many Hong Kongers, coping with limited space has become the new normal. Things get a tad more complicated though for those among us who are employing a live-in foreign domestic helper (FDW) – as live-outs…

How to take your helper on holiday?

You may be thinking about taking your helper with you on your holiday. Depending on your destination and holiday duration, this can be quite challenging.

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

Press Release – LegCo Advises to Take Measures to Meet Rising Elder Care Needs

Since the early 1970s, Foreign Domestic Helpers (FDH) are an integral part of Hong Kong society but today more than ever: in 20 years the number of Domestic Helpers doubled representing today 11% of local households. Philippine and Indonesian people represent 95% of the FDHs, resulting in a significant rise of the contribution to the Indonesian and Filipino economies over the last years.

 

Even if currently childcare is the primary duty of foreign domestic helpers, the…