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Minimum wage for FDHs kept at $4,630 and optional food allowance at $1,121

29 September 2020

By The SUN

The pandemic was one of the factors considered in retaining the MAW

The Hong Kong government has announced that the minimum allowable wage (MAW) for foreign domestic helpers will remain unchanged at $4,630 per month, and the food allowance, at not less than $1,121 per month.

 The announcement was made a few hours ago, shortly after Consul General Raly Tejada was notified of the decision, and was asked for help in disseminating the information.

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"We appeal to your understanding of the decision and seek your assistance in conveying the above to your nationals working in Hong Kong as domestic helpers," said the letter to ConGen.

Migrant support organizations were not immediately available for comment.

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According to the government's press statement, the decision to keep the MAW at present levels was made after assessing Hong Kong’s economic and labour market conditions last year, and its near-term economic outlook, including the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic.   

“Taking into account the above, the affordability of employers and the livelihood of FDHs, the Government has decided that the levels of the MAW and food allowance for FDHs should remain unchanged,” said the statement.

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It further noted that employers are required to provide FDHs with food free of charge, or pay the food allowance. At present, it said “the vast majority of employers provide free food to FDHs.”

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It added that employers may choose to pay their FDHs more than the MAW and minimum food allowance, should they wish to.

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