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    lisa88 is offline Registered User
    Join Date
    May 2009

    How much bonus to pay?

    We have had an Indon helper for 8 months now. We have been very fortunate that she is a good worker and devoted to our little one. Next month is the Muslim new Year and I plan to give her a bonus before then, rather than year end since the timing is more important to her and her family who receive her remittances. I have no idea what is reasonable. On one hand I would like to show our gratitude but on the other hand I do not want to go overboard. I was thinking along the lines of 1 month's bonus, considering she has been with us for less than one year. Any ideas??

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    southside852 is offline Registered User
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    Dec 2008
    it's really what you are comfortable with. we gave considered giving our helper 1 month's bonus for the New year, but instead we just gave $1000 HKD and she was more than thankful.

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    carang is offline Registered User
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    Sep 2004
    Sai Kung
    holy moly! 1 month after only 8 months service! we've never given 1 month.

    we usually give our helper $500 for xmas, $500 CNY, $500 birthday. we also get her presents like a dvd, tv etc.

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    0ze_Kid is offline Registered User
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    Aug 2006
    DB, Hong Kong
    I would at least pro-rata it.

    Our helper had been with us for about 9 months when Christmas came around. We gave her 1 months salary (pro-rataed). Half at Christmas and half at CNY.

    Remember that you need to be comfortable with it and for next year when it comes around again!

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    starbucks2 is offline Registered User
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    May 2009
    Hong Kong
    We gave a months salary at Christmas time. We had employed her for a year at that point. Gave her a present at her birthday and nothing at CNY (neither we nor she are Chinese).


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    LeahH is offline Registered User
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    Apr 2007
    Hong Kong, Mid Levels
    We give a month also at Christmas. Gifts, not money for bdays and a token amount for CNY.

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