Quick guide for employers of domestic helpers

Hiring and managing a domestic helper can be a very daunting process. We launched the ‘Get Answers’ portal to equip employers and domestic helpers with balanced and credible information as they navigate this whole process and working situation.


For employers who are new to hiring a domestic helper, this is the place to start. We answer questions that have to do generally about hiring a domestic helper. This is a unique employment situation and it helps to have all the information upfront.

The Recruitment System

For too long, there have been employment agencies who have made money from doing a bad job. Employers are charged for bad customer service, while agencies secretly charge domestic helpers too. This illegal practice leaves domestic helpers in debt and it fails employers. Equipped with the right information, employers can ensure that they are hiring domestic helpers fairly and avoid scrupulous agencies.

When you’re ready to start hiring, first determine your needs to guide what you should look for in a prospective employee. Understand the guidelines for salaries and food allowance.


Before you hire a domestic helper, if you are clear about what you want, you’ll have a much better chance of success. Start by determining and prioritising one or two skills or characteristics that are most important to you and your family. We strongly recommend that you: “hire for attitude, train for skills.” Attitude is the most important thing to look for when hiring.

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When your domestic helper arrives

Resources for Training


Many employers focus a lot of time in finding the right person. We see a greater chance at long-term success when domestic helpers are given the opportunity to develop the right skills with the help of their employer’s management.

When you enter an employment contract with your domestic helper, you are not only the employer but also the manager. Management is never an easy job, not to mention the dynamic and unique working relationship in domestic helper context with cultural and language differences.

Ensure you understand Hong Kong domestic helper entitlements and your responsibilities as an employer. Here’s a quick list:

Quick Legal Tips

Quick Management Tips


Whether you are finishing up the contract period or terminating a contract early, here are some things to keep in mind when parting ways:

Last updated on April 16th, 2024

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