It is probably time for you to hire a Domestic Helper in Hong Kong. What are the main differences between employing an overseas helper or someone already in Hong Kong? Are you ready for hiring and preparing the famous employment contract? We prepared a guide to help you understand the issues and collect the most important information.
An employer is the official sponsor of his helper, and the Hong Kong Immigration department strictly requires the following criteria to accept a sponsorship:
If you have any doubt about your eligibility, don't hesitate to call Hong Kong Immigration Department.
Your reply is tomorrow? If so, your choice will be limited, and you need to hire someone with a finished contract or a released contract! If you have more time, you can start a longer process to hire an overseas domestic helper.
You don't know who will be your next helper and you have only few weeks to find the best profile. 1 week will be enough to identify and interview the right profile.
A lot of helpers are looking for a new employment contract but if you want to quickly hire an employee, you need to focus on these 2 criteria:
The Immigration Department will be able to prepare a new working visa quickly for a domestic helper who just finished her contract (after 2 years of contract) or a helper whose contract was terminated for a particular reason (relocation of previous employer, financial issues...). During an interview or during your search, check carefully the status of the current or previous contract. Our advice is to hire a domestic helper who will answer as follows:
As soon as you find a good candidate (qualifications, personality and salary package), prepare immediately an employment contract and the visa application (ID 407, ID988A, ID988B). You will find all the required forms at the Immigration Department Offices in Wanchai, and you can also download the employment documents. Please note that you will be responsible for all expenses paid by your helper (request receipts) in order to taking up employment with you (notarization fee, visa fee, medical examination fee...). If you follow these steps, your helper will start working for you in 4 to 6 weeks.
If you hire a domestic helper currently living outside of Hong Kong (Philippines, Indonesia or Thailand), it will be difficult to meet her! We recommend at least that you should call the candidates or to arrange a Skype meeting. As explained above, the process for hiring a domestic helper from overseas is long (up to 4 months) and generates a lot of paperwork (immigration requirements in Hong Kong and in the helper's country). To save your time, it will be easier to appoint an agency. Take your time to select a good agency. The "bad" agencies are abusing the domestic helpers (charging huge placement fees). To choose the best agency to support you, we recommend that you should check the following information with each agency:
Once you give your agreement to work with an agency, the hiring process will start. They will introduce you to some profiles matching with your expectations. Take your time to select the best candidates (compare the profiles, arrange a phone call with each helper and get reference letters). What if you don't like the candidates proposed by your agency? You already know a candidate from abroad? If you found a profile by yourself, your agency will work only on the paperwork and they will decrease your fees (a lot of websites connect helpers & employers). As soon as you have chosen the best candidate, the agency will start the immigration process (medical check, visa, employment contract, notarisation...). You will be responsible for all expenses paid by your helper (request receipts) in order to take up this employment (including flight ticket). A few months later, your helper will arrive in Hong Kong, and it will be time to introduce her to your family.
Before hiring a Domestic Helper you need to be aware of the minimum salary and accommodation requirements to offer your helper. Please find below the minimum requirements:
Don't forget to follow the rights and obligations of the employment contract signed with your helper (annual leave & statutory holidays, termination, renewal...). We hope that this guide will help you to make good choices when you hire your domestic helper in Hong Kong. If you recruit the right helper, we are sure that your daily life will be better. The process is sometimes too long but the result is often great! For any question, don't hesitate to call us 3468-8262 or visit HelperPlace Office Room Q, Unit 4, 2/F, Sunray Industrial Centre, 610 Cha Kwo Ling Road, Yau Tong, Kowloon, Hong Kong.