Domestic workers gather in Central, Hong Kong, on a Sunday. Photo: Asia Times
Domestic workers gather on their rest day in Central, Hong Kong. Photo: Asia Times

The number of Filipino domestic workers in Hong Kong has reached an all-time high of 210,773.

Latest statistics from Hong Kong’s Immigration Department revealed that, as of the end of October, Filipino domestic workers made up nearly 55% of the 385,141 foreign domestic workers in the city, reported.

Besides domestic helpers, there are about 17,000 other Filipino workers in Hong Kong, according to the Philippine Consulate General.

In 2009, there were only 129,875 Filipino domestic workers in Hong Kong.

The number of domestic workers from Indonesia reached 165,077, making them the second largest group of domestic workers in the city.

Meanwhile, the third biggest group is from India, as the figures showed that there were 4,483 Indians working as domestic workers in Hong Kong.

Workers from other countries including Thailand, Bangladesh and Nepal numbered 4,808 during the same period, the official figures showed.

In November last year, Labour and Welfare Secretary Dr Law Chi-kwong said that, in 30 years’ time, Hong Kong would need around 600,000 foreign domestic workers due to the city’s aging population.