- CNTV English - CCTV News

Homepage > News > Biz >

Illegal ... but Filipino maids still in demand

05-16-2010 14:51 BJT

BEIJING, May 15 -- Expat families newly settling down in Shanghai are likely to want Filipinos, renowned for their nannying skills, as housemaids. But finding one is getting harder these days.

Maids may still be available via underground agencies, but they are no longer freely available after the authorities tightened up the job market.

Notices seeking Filipino housemaids have been banned and torn from the bulletin boards at many supermarkets where expats used to advertise in downtown Jing'an District and Biyun Community in the Pudong New Area.

A shop assistant on Nanjing Road W., surnamed Wu, said such notices had been banned by the local labor management bureau during the World Expo period.

The difficulty of finding Filipino maids has aroused discussion among expats on the Internet.

Several people on the Shanghai Expat forum said they were not able to find Filipino nannies.

"I need a Filipino maid to take care of my baby and cook a bit, but I searched every corner of the city and I couldn't find one," was one complaint.

In response, agencies posted messages on the Website promising to provide services. However, those agencies are illegal.

A state regulation in 2002 banned foreigners from taking jobs as domestic helpers.

"Filipino housemaids who don't have a working visa are all serving illegally in the country," said Sun Hande, director of the local labor authority's overseas worker employment center.

Almost all Filipino housemaids have visas allowing them to stay in the country for up to six months but not to work.

More than 30 foreign maids were ordered to be deported by Shanghai immigration authorities last September.

But the maids are now using underground agencies via the Internet. The agencies help them to look for employers, arrange interviews, and renew their visas.

"The business is illegal, but we can play some tricks in that," said Carol Xu of a local domestic service agency, who said the company she works for had about 300 maids from the Philippines, Indonesia and Thailand on its books.

Domingo, a 42-year-old Filipino housemaid, said she had been working for a Hong Kong family for the past two years but was sent back to her home town earlier this year.

"My visa expired and my employers didn't know how to renew the visa," she said.

"But now the agency can do that for me."

Domingo says she charges 4,000 yuan (US$586) a month.

Editor:Zhang Ning |Source: Shanghai Daily

Hot Videos view more

The celebrations are still continuing as the victorious coach, Joachim Loew, has been honored for his achievement in his hometown of Freiburg.
Germany coach Loew honored in hometown of Freiburg

Chinese men´s national team continued its preparations for next year´s Asian Cup, as they managed a one-all draw against visitors Jordan during a football friendly in Harbin, the capital city of Northeast China´s Heilongjiang Province.
China held to 1-1 draw by Jordan

The defending world champs came into the contest with a perfect 6-and-oh record, but they would be in for a tough first half before opening things up in the second.
USA beat Slovenia 119-76 in quarter-finals

Hot Stories more

UK authorities believe killer of James Foley is a British national

Across the UK the hunt is on for James Foley’s killer, who authorities believe is a British national. As Richard Bestic reports from London, Prime Minister David Cameron cut short his summer break to lead his government’s response.

Israeli war jets renews Gaza strike as truce talks stalled

Three Palestinians were killed and 40 others wounded in the intensive Israeli war jets´ airstrikes on the Gaza city on Tuesday night, shortly before an end of a 24-hour ceasefire in the Gaza Strip,

Missouri police arrest dozens after violent night

As the protests in the town of Ferguson, Missouri turned violent with police facing ´heavy gunfire´ from some ´criminal elements´, cops fired tear gas, stun grenades and arrested 31 demonstrators on Monday night.

Picture in news more

More Video News

Choose TV Program