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.
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.
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
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.
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
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.
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
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