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Managing labour migration: The case of the Filipino and Indonesian domestic helper market in Hong Kong 31

HK$ 1800 Amount of salary deduction

+

HK$ 200

=

HK$ 2000

+

Amount received

=

Monthly salary*

after

salary deducti

on

*Based on 2008 MAW standards, anything below HK$ 3,480 is considered underpayment

Survey Subgroup results observed 13 FDHs, all Indonesian, to be underpaid. Their salaries ranged from HK$ 1,600 to HK$ 3,140. One Indonesian FDH noted that she was paid the MAW until the obligated salary deductions were completed, after which she received only HK$ 1,800 a month.

Rest days: According to Hong Kong labor laws, FDHs are required to have one 24-hour rest day within a 7 day (week) period. Only four Filipino FDHs and one Indonesian FDH remarked that they either received their rest day or were granted an alternative rest day by their employer should they be asked to work on their regularly scheduled day off (Hong Kong law permits such arrangements). In contrast, 89 percent (n=46) of FDHs in the survey Subgroup did not receive a full 24-hour rest day (see Chart 4). These respondents were divided into three categories: FDHs that worked 5 or more hours during their rest day without any compensation, FDHs that worked less than 5 hours without compensation, and FDHs that worked any amount of hours during their rest day with pay.

Chart 4

Work Hours and Compensation on Rest Days

Number of FDHs

25 20 15 10 5 0

5

20

5

1

5

5

4

1

work > 5 hrs.

work < 5 hrs.

work on rest

enjoy full rest

with no pay

with no pay

day with pay

day

Hours worked and corresponding compensation

Filipinos Indonesians

Note: n=46; 19 Filipinos and 27 Indonesians

Source: PAE-FDH Survey

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