Foreign domestic workers in Hong Kong

Foreign domestic workers in Hong Kong

Foreign domestic workers make up around 3 per cent of the Hong Kong population. In 2013, there were some 320,000 foreign domestic helpers in Hong Kong, of which 50 per cent were from the Philippines, 47 per cent from Indonesia, and the rest from Thailand, Myanmar, Bangladesh, Nepal, Pakistan and Sri Lanka. Hong Kong law states that such workers must reside with their employers. Their wages are subject to a statutory minimum of HK$4,010 per month from September 30 last year. There have been several high-profile court cases in which domestic workers have alleged torture and abuse at the hands of their employers. According to a 2013 report by Amnesty International, Indonesian migrant domestic workers are at risk of serious human and labour rights violations in Hong Kong.

Unions to poll maids on HK ambitions

A coalition of foreign domestic helper unions is launching a survey to find out how many maids plan to stay in Hong Kong permanently.

Friday, 28 October, 2011, 12:00am

Filipino couple take their residency fight to court

A Filipino couple fought in court yesterday for their right of abode, in the first case following the victory of a domestic helper last month.

The judicial review at the Court of First Instance was brought by Daniel and Irene Domingo, who have been living in Hong Kong for 26 and 29 years respectively, with three children born here.

19 Oct 2011 - 12:00am


We must hire more disabled people

Disabled people are still not accepted into the workforce, even though more have a higher level of education than in the past. The public, government and companies all bear responsibility for this discrimination.

19 Oct 2011 - 12:00am

HK's middle class vanishing act

Unless you count yourself among Hong Kong's wealthiest citizens, it's likely that you fell behind economically in the last few years - and fell hard.

11 Oct 2011 - 12:00am


Ruling has serious implications

The court ruling in favour of the right of a foreign domestic worker to apply for abode in Hong Kong needs urgent consideration and debate by the government and the wider public.

If this was just a one-off case, then I would not be concerned and would wish Evangeline Banao Vallejos good luck with her application for residency.

6 Oct 2011 - 12:00am

No residency for domestic helpers

The issue of whether foreign domestic helpers should be granted permanent residency has been in the news lately.

I think they should definitely not receive permanent residency status, although they have contributed a lot to our society.

28 Sep 2011 - 12:00am

Hoarder disorder

If you think of money as the lubricant in civil society, hoarding it is the equivalent of seizing up an engine. When cash is allowed to pile up, the lubricant- payments for goods and services that allow people, in turn, to pay for more goods and services (plus provisions for those who cannot work)- ceases to flow.

18 Sep 2011 - 12:00am

Justice chief under fire for 'gag' bid

The former director of public prosecutions yesterday rounded on the secretary for justice for calling on the public to keep quiet ahead of a forthcoming domestic helper's right of abode case.

19 Aug 2011 - 12:00am

Quality of work is beside the point in right of abode for domestic helpers

I am afraid David Law ('Law barring foreign helpers from being granted permanent residency is unjust', August 15) has completely missed the point.

18 Aug 2011 - 12:00am

Don't pressure the court over helpers, minister says

Hong Kong's justice minister has issued an impassioned plea for cool heads as division in the community grows over an upcoming legal battle between the government and domestic helpers in their bid for the right to permanent residency.

18 Aug 2011 - 12:00am

Cutting working hours the next step

The doom and gloom scenarios employers painted about the introduction of a minimum wage for Hong Kong have not come to pass. Three months after they were forced by law to pay workers at least HK$28 an hour, the economy remains buoyant - despite recent volatility on the stock market - and the jobless rate unchanged.

13 Aug 2011 - 12:00am

Whose side is Civic Party on, Liberals ask

The Liberal Party is ratcheting up its challenge to the Civic Party over its stance on foreign domestic helpers' rights to permanent residency.

11 Aug 2011 - 12:00am

Reason has been cast out in the debate over maids' rights

None of the players in the 'right of abode for domestic helpers' drama has acquitted themselves well so far, and some have been downright dangerous. It is a time for sober reflection rather than incendiary statements.

8 Aug 2011 - 12:00am


Costly right of abode for helpers

Giving right of abode to domestic helpers would indeed carry a high price tag.

Those who believe it won't are living in denial. I had a domestic helper who went to work in Canada and now her entire family of more than eight people are citizens there, thanks to her.

5 Aug 2011 - 12:00am

Cross-border neighbours deserve a warm welcome

As a member of the Basic Law Committee, I can only stay silent on the judicial reviews sought by Filipino domestic helpers on the right of abode issue and on whether another interpretation of Hong Kong's mini-constitution may be necessary.

But I am free to comment on another side of the issue: that is, why are we discriminating against our own people?

5 Aug 2011 - 12:00am