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Under the epidemic, shortage of employers of foreign domestic helpers robbed people on Hong Kong Island at high prices, and wages rose to an average of 5,612 yuan

Under the epidemic, shortage of employers of foreign domestic helpers robbed people on Hong Kong Island at high prices, and wages rose to an average of 5,612 yuan

A foreign domestic helper platform conducted a survey of more than 10,000 domestic domestic helpers in Hong Kong from January to December this year and found that due to travel restrictions, the shortage of foreign domestic helpers has led to an increase in market wages. The average actual monthly salary this year is HK$5,288, which is higher than the previous year. An increase of nearly 10%. The platform believes that although the government has relaxed entry restrictions, it has failed to meet the employers’ needs for foreign domestic helpers. In addition, foreign domestic helpers still need to be isolated and quarantined when they come to Hong Kong, and a hotel room is hard to find. Therefore, employers tend to hire foreign domestic helpers in Hong Kong to make foreign domestic helpers. Salaries are “rising.”

Since September 2019, the government has frozen the minimum monthly salary of foreign domestic helpers at HK$4,630. The foreign domestic helper platform “HelperPlace” has conducted annual salary surveys for three consecutive years. This year, their average actual monthly salary is HK$5,288, which is higher than HK$4,765 in 2019 and HK$4,825 in 2020, and this year’s increase is also higher than last year.

The platform stated that the shortage of foreign domestic helpers has led to an increase in market wages. Although the government has relaxed the restrictions, the overseas labor population still fell by more than 20,000 within a year. Due to the limited number of quarantined hotels, it is difficult for foreign domestic helpers to come to Hong Kong to find a room, the quarantine process is lengthy, and the cost of food and lodging in the quarantined hotel. As a result, most employers tend to hire foreign domestic helpers who are in Hong Kong. This has created a large demand for a limited group of foreign domestic helpers. As a result, the wages of foreign domestic helpers have also increased.

The survey results also show that the highest average wage of foreign domestic helpers working on Hong Kong Island is HK$5,612, followed by Kowloon HK$5,148, and the lowest is HK$5,093 in the New Territories. However, there is a negative correlation between working hours and wages. The longer the working hours, the employer The more children in the family, the lower the salary.

According to platform analysis, it is believed that travel restrictions will remain for a few months. If the quota of foreign domestic helpers allowed to enter Hong Kong remains unchanged, the shortage of domestic domestic helpers may become worse. In the past three months, many foreign domestic helpers asked for a monthly salary of more than HK$7,000.

Although they have higher bargaining power to get higher wages, local domestic helpers who have completed a two-year contract will still look for better working conditions, such as having a separate room, lower workload, and working on Hong Kong Island, so that they can spend the weekend with Friends gathering, better employers can attract foreign domestic helpers to change jobs or stay to work for them, which will bring more recruitment difficulties for middle-class and low-income families.

調查指今年外傭平均月薪再有上升。

The survey pointed out that the average monthly salary of foreign domestic helpers has risen again this year.

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