Review of minimum pay for foreign maids

PUBLISHED : Saturday, 28 April, 2007, 12:00am
UPDATED : Saturday, 28 April, 2007, 12:00am

The minimum pay for foreign domestic helpers, presently HK$3,400 a month, is being reviewed.

The Labour Department will take into account the market situation, prices and changes in incomes.

Foreign domestic helpers - of which there are more than 236,000, 97 per cent from the Philippines and Indonesia - are the only workers in the city for whom minimum pay has been set. The most recent increase, of HK$80 a month, was in May.

Permanent Secretary for Economic Development and Labour Paul Tang Kwok-wai has said the government is studying a minimum wage for handicapped workers.