The Chief Executive's office is hiring a domestic helper for Betty Tung Chiu Hung-ping on a monthly salary of at least $16,095 - more than four times the minimum wage of foreign domestic helpers. The helper will be at the rank of Domestic Staff III, commanding a monthly salary of $16,095 to $17,100. Foreign domestic helpers' minimum wage is $3,860. The advertisement, published in the South China Morning Post, said the candidate would have to provide 'personal and domestic services' to the wife of the Chief Executive; receive guests, answer phone calls, serve food and drinks; maintain household items; and assist in the co-ordination of work for junior domestic staff. The candidate has to have at least six years' experience in domestic work and be able to speak Cantonese and 'simple English'. The advert said preference would be given to local candidates. The successful applicant would mainly work at the Chief Executive's official Mid-Levels residence but also at Government House and Fanling Lodge. When the Chief Executive's Office was called on the number provided in the advertisement, it said the candidate would spend most of his or her time serving Mrs Tung. The helper's duties would include 'finding clothes for Mrs Tung'. A spokeswoman for the Chief Executive's Office said it was not a newly created post and the candidate would fill an existing vacancy. She said the high pay was justified as the candidate had to 'provide personal and reliable services' to Mrs Tung and be able to work independently. On whether the office would take on a foreign domestic helper, she said anyone who met the criteria would be considered. Counsellor and education co-ordinator of the Mission for Immigrant Workers Jun Tellez said he found the big disparity in pay between foreign domestic workers and the ones working for the Chief Executive's Office surprising. He said foreign domestic workers usually worked 12 to 16 hours a day. He did not think domestic servants for Mr Tung had to work as hard. He urged the Government to allow all residents in Hong Kong to apply for the job. Legislator Emily Lau Wai-hing said given the fact that foreign domestic helpers got only about $4,000 a month, the pay for this domestic helper was high. She said whether Mrs Tung deserved a taxpayer-paid domestic helper depended on how many public duties she was engaged in and that was something the Government would have to explain.