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Hong Kong raises minimum wage for foreign domestic helpers by 2.4 pct

By Xinhua
Editor: Huaxia
Sep 27, 2019 @Friday 11:17 PM

HONG KONG, Sept. 27 (Xinhua) — The minimum allowable wage for foreign domestic helpers in China’s Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (SAR) will rise 2.4 percent to 4,630 HK dollars (about 590.53 U.S. dollars) per month, the SAR government announced Friday.

Under Hong Kong’s standard employment contract for hiring foreign domestic helpers, employers must provide their helpers with free food or pay them a food allowance, which will be increased by 46 HK dollars to at least 1,121 HK dollars per month.

“We have carefully considered Hong Kong’s general economic and labor market conditions over the past year, as reflected through a basket of economic indicators, including the relevant income movement and price changes in this year’s review,” a spokesman for the SAR government said.

The SAR government has also taken into account Hong Kong’s near-term economic outlook, as well as affordability for employers on the one hand and the interest of foreign domestic helpers on the other, in reaching the decision on the above-mentioned adjustment, the spokesman added.

The new wage and food allowance level will apply to all contracts signed from Sept. 28. (1 U.S. dollar = 7.84 HK dollars)

Source: http://www.xinhuanet.com/english/2019-09/27/c_138429208.htm