Wanted: Filipina domestic helper with good cooking skills

Our French client in The Peak is looking for a Filipina helper with good cooking skills.

* Preferably worked with Western families in Hong Kong
* Experience in cooking Western foods preferably French cuisine
* Able to speak to previous employers in HK
* Able to work independently in a 3000 sq.ft., 2 story house in Mt. Kellett
* Fluent in English
* Experience in table setting and entertaining guests
* Able to read and follow recipe
* Starting salary approx HK$5,000/month
* Need to wear uniform
* Got own maid’s room
* Able to start in mid-January 2011

Qualified candidates, please visit or contact:
World Champ International Employment Agency
3/F Jim’s Commercial Building
102 Des Voeux Road, Central, Hong Kong
(in front of China Mobile)
Tel: 2590-9328 or 2811-5721


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Wanted: Finish Contract Helper with Good Cooking Skills

Our Singaporean/Chinese client is urgently looking for a finish contract helper.

Requirements:
* Must be good in cooking Western and Chinese food
* Take care of 2 months old boy
* Willing to have day-off on Mondays

The domestic helper will have own room in a 2,200 sq.ft. flat in The Peak.

Working couple.

Interested applicants, please contact or visit:
World Champ International Employment Agency
3/F, Jim’s Commercial Building
102 Des Voeux Road
Central, Hong Kong
(in front of China Mobile)
Tel: 2590-9328 or 2811-5721

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Cheats cause problems with new Philippine domestic helper insurance fee

It has only been in operation for a month but already a new insurance requirement imposed by the Philippine government on new domestic workers hired to work abroad has hit trouble.

According to the new law, when a helper is hired through a Philippine or Hong Kong agency, the employer or agency has to pay a one-off insurance premium of US$144 to the Philippine government.

The system, which took effect on November 8, only covers first-time hires employed through authorised agencies; current contracts will not be affected.

However, some employment agencies in the Philippines are making domestic helpers pay the new insurance premium themselves.

It is too early to say whether there has been a reduction of the number of helpers hired because of this.

“We have heard a few reports that this has been happening and it should not be because it is against the law in the Philippines,” Holly Allan, manager for Helpers for Domestic Helpers, which is a St John’s Cathedral pastoral outreach venture catering to the special needs of Hong Kong’s foreign domestic helper community, said.

“Agencies in the Philippines are definitely doing this. This insurance has to be paid there before domestic helpers can come to Hong Kong. It’s too early to say exactly how many agencies are making domestic helpers pay this fee themselves, but I’d suspect there would be many.”

The other disadvantage of the new insurance policy is that it may deter some employers from hiring helpers. Some employers are complaining that they will have to pay double – as well as the new Philippine insurance fee they will also have to pay the Hong Kong equivalent.

Here, the existing employees’ compensation policy, including medical coverage, costs HK$1,350 over two years.

At the moment it is also illegal for employment agencies in the Philippines to charge domestic helpers placement fees to get jobs abroad, but many of them are doing this too.

“Domestic helpers in the Philippines are desperate for jobs abroad, but many will not get the opportunity unless they pay this placement fee,” Allan said.

Employment agencies in the Philippines and Hong Kong charge a placement fee, as some domestic helpers will apply directly through an agency in Hong Kong. Agencies in Hong Kong are only supposed to charge a maximum of 10 per cent of the first month’s salary, Allan explained, but many charge up to HK$10,000, and in some cases more.

“When you consider that as well as this placement fee, domestic helpers are now having to pay for an insurance policy of US$144, it’s not very fair. It is illegal for employment agencies to do this,” Allan said.

One way around this is if domestic helpers keep the documents or receipts they are given after paying these fees and try to get them reimbursed later by the Philippines government via the Philippine Overseas Employment Administration. But this can be a laborious process.

It’s not all negative, though, as there are advantages to the new insurance policy.

It will provide more protection for helpers, and not just for basic medical fees; it will cover subsistence allowance if a domestic helper has been dismissed and is pursuing a claim in Hong Kong but is not allowed to work during that time.

Source: South China Morning Post

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