Many expat who move to Hong Kong get pleasantly surprised as they find out affordable and readily available domestic help in the country. Lifestyle in this country is very busy and fast-pace which doesn’t leave much time for the household tasks. So, this calls for hiring domestic helpers by contacting an 僱傭公司 (Employment company). It is a practical decision as full-time workers help you with cooking, cleaning and handling childcare all at the same time.
There are quite a few considerations to be made before you hire a domestic helper in Hong Kong, however. Let’s take a look at them.
Hiring a 菲傭 (Filipino maid) can be an attractive proposition, but it may also be quite daunting at the same time as well. There are both foreign and local domestic helpers available in Hong Kong. You can hire local helpers any time but they may not be as good in English as foreign helpers. Besides, if you opt for foreign helpers, you can hire them for 2 years at most with live-in contracts. So, it’s up to you to decide which option suits you better.
An important consideration in any type of hiring process is the cost. Local helpers can be hired at $65 to $120 hourly rate as a part-time worker. The 外傭 (Foreign domestic helper hiring expenditure) can be anywhere between $60-$110 per hour. Considering the legal aspect, you can only hire foreign helpers with live-in contracts and in that case your monthly cost would be around $4310. The experience level of the domestic helper may take this amount to above $5000. In addition, the employers have to pay $1037 additionally as food allowance too.
There can be many legal implications that you have to take care of and the costs can quickly add up as well. Obviously, you have to provide appropriate accommodation, insurance, etc., which can add to your hiring-related costs. So, a better option is to hire a reliable agency like 康樂居 (HL&C Employment Agency Ltd.) and let yourself make the right choice.