What should you know?

What should you know?

 

Employers

  • To hire a foreign domestic worker, you should meet the income requirements (HK$15,000 per month as of 2016) or you have to present assets of comparable amount.

  • As an employer of a domestic worker, the salary paid must not be less than the Minimum Allowable Wage (MAW) announced by the Hong Kong Government. As of September 2017, the MAW is set at HK$4,410 per month. Other amounts can be specified in the employment contract, as long as they exceed the MAW. Wages should be paid not later than seven days after the end of the wage period to you.

  • Suitable accommodation with reasonable privacy for the domestic worker has to be provided.

  • You can choose to either provide free food or a food allowance in addition to the monthly wage (Minimum HK$1053).

  • The domestic worker is entitled to one rest day (24 hours) every seven days. It is not mandatory to give Sundays off.

  • Domestic workers are entitled to 12 statutory holidays per year. For the first two years you should give seven days of paid annual leave. After that the number increases up to a maximum of 14 days per year.

  • Free medical treatment has to be provided by you for your domestic worker.

  • At the beginning and also at the expiry of the contract, you have to pay for a free passage from and to the home country of the domestic worker.

 

Domestic workers

Your salary must not be less than the Minimum Allowable Wage (MAW) announced by the Hong Kong Government. Currently the MAW is set at HK$4,410 per month. Other amounts can be specified in the employment contract, as long as they exceed the MAW. Wages should be paid not later than seven days after the end of the wage period to you.

  • Your employer must provide suitable accommodation with reasonable privacy for you. Furthermore, you are entitled to either free food or a food allowance in addition to the monthly wage (Minimum HK$1053).

  • You are entitled to one rest day (24 hours) every seven days. It is not mandatory to get the Sundays off.

  • As a domestic worker you are entitled to 12 statutory holidays per year. For your first two years you should get seven days of paid annual leave. After that the number increases up to a maximum of 14 days per year.

  • Free medical treatment must be provided by your employer.

  • At the beginning and also at the expiry of your contract you are eligible for a free passage from and to your home country.

  • Employment agencies in Hong Kong are only allowed to charge you a maximum of 10% of your first month’s salary. Agencies from the Philippines are not allowed to charge placement fees, but maybe you have to pay for training fees. Indonesian agencies can only charge HK$15,550 of placement fees, wherein training and other expenses are included.