Contract with Phillipino Helper/Salary issue

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  1. #1

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    Contract with Phillipino Helper/Salary issue

    Hi all!

    we are about to hire a phillipino helper for full time, but she is not supposed to live in our house (she already have own family in HK).

    Until now she worked for us on a hourly payment basis = 50HKD/Hour

    Yesterday she presented the following calculation for her full-time work:

    - Basic Salary - 3400 HKD/Month
    - Housing&Transportation allowance - 1500 HKD/Month
    - Her Tax - around 400 HKD/Month
    - Food - 300 HKD/Month
    - Insurance (?)

    All together comes to 5600 HKD + Insurance.

    Questions:
    1. Is 5600 HKD/Month reasonable price for helper, whe lives somewhere else (I know that if we would take her to live with us the price would be lower)?
    2. Is it a MUST (as she says) to pay Housing&Transportation 1500HKD/Month?
    3. What are the usual helper insurance rates?


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    Are you sponsoring her visa? In which case, you will need approval from immigration to specifically allow her to stay outside your residence.

    If you're not sponsoring her visa, chances are its all probably illegal anyways.


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    She doesn't pay the HK$ 400 tax (it is actually called levy) per month. You pay it, beforehand (HK$ 9600 for 2 years) or by installments - thus she is not entitled to it from your side.
    The food allowance of HK$ 300 per month is specified by the law - you either provide the food for her or pay the allowance.
    As Shri already said, it is illegal for her to live out (since 2003).


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    >> 3. What are the usual helper insurance rates?

    Under or around $1000 per year


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    But all of the above is if you are employing and sponsoring her under a Domestic Helper Visa / Contract. If she has the right to work in HK (either because she is a Permanent Resident or because she is married to one) then your contract negotiation is just like any other job - you can agree any package you want with her.

    But the tax thing is clearly wrong in any case as mentioned above.


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    I am employing her under a Domestic Helper Visa and need to provide all details for immigration... everything should be legal.

    The major question still: is it specified by the law that I need to pay 1500HKD/month housing&transportation?


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    Only if you have explicit permission from Immigration that she live out. This is not allowed normally and needs case by case authorisation from Immigration.

    This page has lots of guidance which should answer all your questions: http://www.immd.gov.hk/ehtml/foreign...tic_helper.htm


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    2 PDLM
    Thanks, good link


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    They've really expanded the FAQ since the last time I saw it.