A recent job advertisement posted on a recruitment website by Hong Kong’s Financial Secretary has drawn a lot of comments from the public.
Financial Secretary Paul Chan Mo-po advertised for a domestic servant for his official residence on Shouson Hill Road on Hong Kong Island, offering a monthly salary of HK$17,080 (US$2,176), a 6.3% increment compared with the same post he publicly advertised at the beginning of the year, the Apple Daily reported.
He is offering a 24-month contract and the successful candidate could get a gratuity equal to 10% of the total basic salary after finishing the contract. Other fringe benefits include rest days, statutory holidays, annual leave, maternity leave or paternity leave and a sickness allowance.
The candidate, who must be a Hong Kong permanent resident, needs to have experience in domestic services such as cleaning, tidying-up, laundry and ironing work and serving guests in clubs, hotels or restaurants.
He or she has to be able to cook, speak fluent Cantonese, simple English and Putonghua and to read and write Chinese and simple English. The same position was offered early this year, but for only HK$16,065 a month, the Apple Daily reported.
In Hong Kong, an average hourly salary for a local domestic worker is about HK$110. For working six hours a day, 20 days a month, they can earn HK$13,200 a month, news website HK01.com reported.
Meanwhile, the standard monthly salary for a foreign domestic worker in Hong Kong is set at HK$4,410 per month with only one rest day per week.