Chairman of HKEAA says salary of foreign domestic helpers increases to HK$6,500 due to persistent shortage of supply

Cheung Kit-man (Insert picture).

10th May 2022 – (Hong Kong) The epidemic situation in the Philippines and Indonesia has slowed down, and the shortage of “foreign domestic helpers” in Hong Kong is expected to be gradually resolved.

CHEUNG Kitman, Chairman of Hong Kong Employment Agencies Association said in a radio program this morning (10th) that the supply of foreign domestic helpers in Hong Kong is still tight, and the current salary has risen to 6,000 to 6,500 Hong Kong dollars. He expects at least 5,000 to 10,000 additional helpers to arrive in Hong Kong, and then the monthly salary will gradually fall back to the statutory HK$4,630. He also believes that the authorities should cancel the flight suspension mechanism and allow non-government-designated quarantine hotels to also accommodate foreign domestic helpers in Hong Kong.

Chan Tungfung, chairman of Hong Kong Union of Employment Agencies said that there were no flights from the Philippines and Indonesia that triggered the flight suspension mechanism last month. Currently, about 16,000 foreign domestic helpers are waiting to come to Hong Kong. However, the number of quarantine hotel rooms is limited, and it is expected that foreign domestic helpers waiting to come to Hong Kong will take 3 months to arrive in batches. He suggested that the government consider conditions to shorten the quarantine days for foreign domestic helpers in Hong Kong to 3 to 4 days, so as to free up more quarantine hotel rooms to meet the demand.