• Workers in Hong Kong receive pay increase

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    The Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) through Labor acting Secretary Danilo Cruz announced that the government in Hong Kong has increased the allowable wage for domestic helpers from HK $3,290 to HK $4,010 a month, or 2.3 percent.

    Cruz said that there was also an increase of HK $45 for the food allowance to HK $920, or 5.1 percent from the previous HK $875.

    “The $90 increase in minimum allowable wage [MAW] and the increase in food allowance is, indeed, very good news for household service workers who intend to work in Hong Kong,” Cruz said.

    The increase in the MAW and food allowance will apply to contracts signed effective on October 1, 2013.

    However Cruz clarified that the new contracts signed by employers and foreign domestic helpers until September 30, 2013 bearing the previous minimum allowable wages of HK $3,920 per month and food allowance of HK$ 875 may still be accepted and processed by the Department of Immigration in Hong Kong, provided that the application will be submitted to the said office of October 28, 2013.

    Robertzon F. Ramirez

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