How to get the most

PUBLISHED : Thursday, 31 July, 2008, 12:00am
UPDATED : Thursday, 31 July, 2008, 12:00am

Renew contract a month before next levy instalment is due, thereby gaining levy exemption

Renew prematurely again before levy suspension ends on July 31, 2010 to gain another two-year exemption

Gross savings for employer

Up to HK$18,800 - 47 months of levy

Cost to employer

Return flight to helper's country of origin (about HK$2,500)

Annual leave on a pro rata basis for duration of previous contract

One month's salary in lieu of notice

Notarisation fees at consulates for processing of new contracts

If recruitment agency used, fees of at least HK$1,000

Visa fees