One of the significant benefits of family life in Asia is that in-home childcare and domestic help in the form of Foreign Domestic Helpers can be very affordable. This means that you can have someone to do many of the household chores, to help with in-home child supervision and someone on-hand for babysitting … so more date nights for you and your partner!
However, having an employee living in your home, that you trust with your children’s well-being and with your valuables can be an emotional and psychological step for many people. It is important to know your rights and responsibilities as an employer, and to be able to interview applicants to ensure that you have the right person join your household.
The best ways of recruiting a Domestic Helper is either through personal recommendation of a Helper who is seeking new employers (generally through their current family relocating) or through an accredited, fair trade agency that do not charge the Helpers any fees or job search costs.
Hong Kong recommended Domestic Helper agencies
Fair Employment Agency (http://www.fairagency.org/)
Helper Choice – Hong Kong (https://www.helperchoice.com/hong-kong)
Singapore recommended Domestic Helper agencies
Trusted Care (https://www.trustedcare.com.sg)
Helper Choice – Singapore (www.helperchoice.com/singapore/domestic-helpers)
And finally, always seek references – either original letters from previous employers, or if possible, speak directly to previous employers.