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This article introduces some points to note for employment of foreign domestic helpers (FDHs) in Hong Kong.




Who are Eligible to Hire?

To hire a foreign domestic helper, you need to be a Hong Kong resident with a monthly

household income of no less than HK$15,000 or assets of comparable amount to

support the expenses for the entire (i.e. two-year) contractual period.

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Where to Look for Foreign Domestic Helpers?

You can recruit a foreign domestic helper through an agency or directly via personal ads

or referrals. Under all circumstances, you must enter into a Standard Employment

Contract as specified by the Director of Immigration and apply to the Immigration

Department for an employment visa for the helper.

Standard Employment Contract for FDHs

Entry visa for FDHs

How Much Will it Cost?

You should pay a foreign domestic helper a salary that is no less than the Minimum

Allowable Wage (MAW) announced by the Government and prevailing at the date of

signing the employment contract for employing the foreign domestic helper. The MAW is

currently set at HK$4,110 per month.

Under the Standard Employment Contract, you must provide the helper with suitable

accommodation and with reasonable privacy, free food (or food allowance in lieu, which

is HK$964 per month at present) and free passage from the helper’s home country to

Hong Kong and return to the home country on termination or expiry of the contract. The

above levels of  the MAW and food allowance are applicable to all contracts signed on

or after 1 October 2014.

As stipulated in the Employees’ Compensation Ordinance (Cap. 282), an employer must

take out insurance policy to cover his/her liability both under the Ordinance and at

common law for injury at work in respect of an employee. In addition, you are required

to provide the helper with free medical treatment under the Standard Employment

Contract when he/she is ill or suffers personal injury during the period of employment.

You are therefore strongly advised to take out an insurance policy with full medical and

hospitalization coverage for the helper. You may also consider taking out a

comprehensive insurance policy which provides medical and hospitalization coverage

and satisfies the requirement under the Employees’ Compensation Ordinance at the

same time.

More details of the employment of foreign domestic helpers and the employment terms

can be found in the Guidebook for the Employment of Domestic Helpers from Abroad

and other documents.

Guidebook for the Employment of Domestic Helpers from Abroad

Reporting domestic helpers’ income for taxation

Scope of Duties

A foreign domestic helper should only perform domestic duties for the employer’s

residence specified in the contract. The employer should not require or allow the helper

to carry out any work for any other person, otherwise, the helper and/or any aider and

abettor will be liable to criminal prosecution. For more details you can refer to the links

below.

FAQs about FDHs

Special permission for performance of motor driving duties by FDH

Statutory Obligations of Employers

Since foreign domestic helpers perform duties for households and have close

relationship with the employer and his/her family, it is important to have mutual respect

and understanding between the employer and the helper at all times in order to help

maintain an amicable employment relationship.  As an employer, you must also observe

the statutory obligations under the Hong Kong laws.

Labour Legislation

In Hong Kong, foreign domestic helpers are entitled to the same benefits and protection

under the labour laws as their local counterparts.  Answers to some frequently asked

questions about major labour legislation and useful information  are available at the

following links.

FAQs about labour legislation

Points to note for employers on the employment of foreign domestic helpers (pdf file)

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