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    ins and outs of hiring a local driver

    We are thinking about buying a car and hiring a local driver.

    - Other than word of mouth, what is the best way to find a good local driver? Are there certifications/qualifications they should hold, or can any Joe off the street advertise himself (or herself) as a driver?

    - How much are they usually paid?

    - Do they work under contract like FDHs, or just month to month? What benefits other than salary are typically provided to a local driver? Do they also require health insurance, paid vacation and food allowance even though they aren't required to live with you?

    - What kind of hours do they work? Is it legal to ask them to be flexible? (E.g., be on call for 7 days/week... but only work mornings on weekdays and also get the whole summer off.)

    - Other than what they or their references tell me, how do I check their driving record? Is there a government department or database that would tell me whether they have had any accidents or citations in HK?

    - Anything else I should ask, or be aware of when hiring a local driver?

    Thank you!

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    Have a read through this thread on GeoExpat

    Driver salary - Hong Kong GeoExpat

    Local driver's can earn anywhere from $12-20K/mth. You would need to sign a contract with them and also pay MPF .

    Labour Department has a sample contract which you will need to tweak

    Labour Department - Publications
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    Also, I believe the only way to check their driving record is to speak to previous employers.
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