Foreign domestic workers in Hong Kong

Since the 1970s, foreign domestic workers have been permitted to stay in Hong Kong to address the city's shortage of local, full-time live-in helpers. At present, their minimum allowable wage is HK$4,310 per month.

Overcharging of fees was the most common complaint by domestic helpers against the agencies. Photo: Nora Tam

Will Hong Kong’s new job agency guidelines aid domestic helpers?

The city’s employment agencies face losing their licence if they break a new code of practice released by the government on Friday.

But unions were sceptical that the code would have any effect unless it was legally binding and strengthened by updated labour laws.