One of the major advantages of living in Hong Kong is the wide availability of the live-in domestic helper, facilitated by the fact that many apartments come with maid’s quarters. Most expatriate families employ a part-time or full-time maid. Thai, Sri Lankan, Indonesian, Chinese and Indian maids are available, but there are many more Filipino helpers available. There are government guidelines for hiring a helper.
In addition to housing, you should provide for the following; see the Labour Department for more information.
Employment Contract information booklet is available from:
16/F, Harbour Building
38 Pier Building Central
Tel: 2717 1771
2/F Immigration Tower 7 Gloucester Road
Wan Chai Hong Kong
Tel: 2824 6111
Begin your search for a domestic helper by asking friends and neighbors for referrals. The traditional way is through employment agencies who promise to do all of the tedious paperwork and help to find the perfect fit for your family. However, many of them have been heavily criticized for overcharging helpers and using unethical practices. We recommend you check out the HelperChoice.com for a practical guide to hiring a helper and our Agency of choice is Fair Employment Agency.
Look at ads posted in your local grocery store, or websites such as:
Tel: 2869 9330
Maid for You
Tel: 9167 2737
nannies and helpers
Tel: 2479 0298
Tel: 2524 6195
Hong Kong, Kowloon, New Territories and Macau.
Technic Employment Service
Central and Kowloon.
There is also a Facebook group called 'Hong Kong Helpers' for employers looking for a helper, recommending a helper or with questions about helper issues. Send a request to the group administrator to join this group.
Any Hong Kong Resident who can satisfy the following can employ a Foreign Domestic Helper if: