Minimum wage for maids raised 4.8pc

PUBLISHED : Wednesday, 19 September, 2012, 7:14pm
UPDATED : Wednesday, 19 September, 2012, 8:35pm

The minimum wage for foreign domestic helpers will be raised by HK$180 to HK$3,920 per month, the government announced on Wednesday.

This represents a 4.8 per cent increase in the minimum wage for Hong Kong’s 290,000 foreign domestic helpers. The change goes into effect on all contracts signed on or after Thursday of this week.

A government spokesman said the rise was the result of a review of the wage levels conducted this year.

The review weighed the city’s general economic and employment situation as reflected through a basket of indicators – including income movements, price changes and conditions in the labour market – he said.

The last increase in the helpers’ minimum wage came in June last year, when it increased from HK$3,580 to the current HK$3,740.

The spokesman said a minimum food allowance for the helpers would also be raised 12.9 per cent, from HK$775 to HK$875 per month.

Under the Standard Employment Contract for hiring foreign domestic helpers, employers are required to either provide them with free food or pay the allowance.

Contracts signed on or before Wednesday – with the pre-existing wage and food allowance levels – would still be processed by the Immigration Department, provided the applications reached the department by October 17, the spokesman said.