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Live in versus Live out Helper Salary difference

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    You don't need to provide accommodation or food for someone who has a Perm ID. They probably have a home and family to go home to. Yes, the salary will be higher. The min wage is $28/hr, so you cannot pay less than this.
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    Quote Originally Posted by rani View Post
    You don't need to provide accommodation or food for someone who has a Perm ID. They probably have a home and family to go home to. Yes, the salary will be higher. The min wage is $28/hr, so you cannot pay less than this.
    I know a few people (local work colleagues) who employ local (i.e. perminent ID holder) 'helpers'/ child minders. They pay them around 10k/ month give or take for a standard work week, plus social insurance stuff mandated by law.

    OP: another issue to consider with local domestic help - it will be very, very hard to find a local who speaks English at all and is willing to work as a domestic employee. I know many expats who have looked for someone who meets this criteria and over six years in HK and haven't met anyone who has found someone. Your expectations regarding finding inexpensive, English speaking (even basic English) local domestic help are very high.

    I do know many people with part or full time English speaking help (typically with some sort of child care/ development or nursing qualification from England, Canada or Australia) from nanny agencies and this is a very costly option (the equivalent of two plus thousand pounds a month for full time). As a full time nanny is here on an employment visa, they can live out legally.

    As others have noted, hiring a foreign domestic helper to live out is illegal, there have been recent cases of employers and employees being caught and prosecuted (maximum penalties are harsh and can include jail time in addition to heavy fines). Lots of people will tell you that its done all the time, but there is a real risk if you pursue this option.
    Last edited by elle; 08-09-2012 at 04:34 PM.

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    For a live out helper (legal or otherwise), they usually charge a rate of HK$50-75 per hour and you would also probably need to cover transportation charges. Full time rates would be negotiable.

    If you do not require a full time helper, there are some agencies which offer household cleaning services.
    Last edited by mumsy; 08-09-2012 at 05:07 PM.

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