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Helper’s wages to increase from today

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A domestic worker’s minimum wage is set to rise from today, the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region Government has announced.

The Government said the Minimum Allowable Wage (MAW) for foreign domestic helpers (FDHs) in Hong Kong will be increased by 2.4 per cent, from $4,110 to $4,210 per month.

The new food allowance will rise by $31 (or 3.2 per cent) from not less than $964 to not less than $995 per month.

The new levels of the MAW and food allowance will apply to all FDH contracts signed on or after October 1.

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A Government spokesman said, “The Government reviews the MAW for FDHs regularly. In accordance with the established practice, we have carefully considered Hong Kong’s general economic and labour market situations over the last year, as reflected through a basket of economic indicators, including the relevant income movement and price change in this year’s review.

“Moreover, the Government has taken into account Hong Kong’s future economic outlook in the near-term, as well as the need to strike a balance between affordability for employers on one hand and the livelihood of FDHs on the other in reaching the decision on the above-mentioned adjustment.”

The spokesman added, “The Government has also reviewed the food allowance in lieu of free food and decided to make an increase, having regard to the movement in the relevant consumer price index.”

FDH contracts signed today or earlier at the existing MAW of $4,110 per month and food allowance of not less than $964 per month will still be processed by the Immigration Department (ImmD) provided that the applications reach ImmD on or before October 28 (Wednesday). This arrangement will give employers sufficient time to send the signed contracts to ImmD for completion of the necessary application procedures.

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