Maids deserve higher wages

PUBLISHED : Saturday, 06 March, 1999, 12:00am
UPDATED : Saturday, 06 March, 1999, 12:00am

I refer to the letter headlined, 'Pay according to maid's skills' (South China Morning Post, March 1), in which your correspondent suggested that domestic helpers should be graded.

I would like to point out to the writer that English tutors charge $250-plus per hour for their services.

So, say, your correspondent wanted his/her helper to spend one hour a day helping their child, then that would cost, by my calculation, $6,000 a month. Add to that the tasks of washing clothes, housework, cooking and shopping, and a helper is worth about $6,000 to $9,000.

So rather than start at $3,670 and deduct because of lack of skills, why not start at $3,860 and add on according to skills? As an employer I will always pay my helper more than what the Government thinks she is worth.