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 spiraling 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 …

My domestic helper doesn’t take initiative, what should I do?

Managing a helper is challenging, especially when she doesn’t take any initiative, so here are some tips to make your helper more autonomous.

The honeymoon period with your helper has ended and even though she is a great person, she doesn’t take enough initiative. Welcome to the world of employers, fraught with challenges and obstacles. Supervising, motivating and guiding a domestic helper is a challenging task. If you are frustrated by her lack of autonomy, take action…

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…

Help! Since I’ve hired a domestic helper my privacy is gone

Your home has not felt the same since your domestic helper has been working for you. What are the common causes and what can you do about them?

Maintaining privacy with a live-in helper is not easy. When your helper first started working for you, the issue of privacy may not have been so pronounced. But over time, you may start to feel less and less comfortable having her around all the time. This can even lead to you considering to not have a helper at all despite all the benefits she brings…

Is it allowed for your FDH to stay out on the weekend?

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 their own preferences.

Some employers are very close to their helpers and worry about them as if they were family.…

What to do if your helper wants to go out at night

Your helper has asked if she can go out during the week with her friends. What should you do?

“My helper has started with us for a month, but now she is asking if she can go out during the week ‘after hours’. She said she used to do this with her old employer. I’m confused because I thought their days off are just Sundays. I don’t love this idea, but I understand she is entitled to spend her time ‘after hours’ as she pleases. Should we let the helper go out or not?”

This is a …

How to terminate your helper’s contract

Unfortunately, it is sometimes necessary to terminate your helper’s contract. Be sure to follow the necessary steps if this is the case. Consider if you really want to terminate your helper’s contract

Firing your helper will have an impact on her career prospects and on the family she is supporting back home. If you are relocating or suddenly no longer have the financial means, or if you are moving into a smaller apartment, you may unfortunately have no other option.…