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    live out helper questions

    Hi Everyone


    I am new to hong kong and have a 10 week old baby. We have been thinking about getting a helper but dont have the room in our apartment for someone to live in. I really need someone to help out with the housework and to help me with the baby so I need to find someone who has experience with infants. I understand that foreign nationals need to be live in but have been told that someone with residency in Hong Kong can live out.

    I have read through the some of the previous threds but still have a few questions that I was hoping someone could help out with.

    1. What are the general hours for a live out helper?

    2. What is the expected salary for a live out helper?

    3. Are there any extra costs involved above the salary?

    4. Where can I find a live out helper who would have experience with a baby?

    5. Does a live out helper need to sign a contract?

    6. How do I go about organising everything?

    Thankyou for your assistance

    Kristy

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    Kristy,

    There are a couple of helper ads on GeoExpat and they are HK residents. Here's one:

    http://www.geoexpat.com/classifieds/...&cat=16&page=2

    1. What are the general hours for a live out helper?
    Flexible. Its between you and her to agree on.

    2. What is the expected salary for a live out helper?
    They normally charge per hr. Around $60-80/hr

    3. Are there any extra costs involved above the salary?
    Only other thing I can think of is insurance.

    4. Does a live out helper need to sign a contract?
    Best to have a contract. I guess whatever you agree on put it down in paper and have her sign it.
    Founder of GeoBaby.Com

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    Thanks Rani

    I have contacted a couple of people from the classifieds. I guess I was just trying to get a feel for how many hours a full time helper would work. I know that wage range for a live in but would a live out full time be paid hourly or a set wage.

    Also how do i know if a helper can legally work as a live out, would they need to have a residents card?

    Thanks

    Kristy

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    Hi,

    For all new contracts signed with a domestic helper it is illegal for the helper to live out; existing contracts where the domestic helper lives out are legal.

    So if you were signing a new contract with a helper it would be illegal for her to live out, unless she has a permanent HKID card.

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    Kristy,

    You will need to check her ID card and passport to see her visa. If she's on a Domestic Helper visa it is illegal to hire her, cos she can only work for her sponser. If she's on a dependent visa, or a permanent ID card holder should be ok.
    Founder of GeoBaby.Com

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