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The Philippines’ booming economy is causing a maid drain in Hong Kong and Singapore

Friday, 22nd August 2014
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In the Philippines, this economic prosperity is evident in the way that ordinary households now have difficulty hiring quality maids because they now have to compete with stores and restaurants that offer more pay and more attractive working conditions.


The Philippines’ economy has been one of Asia’s best performers recently, and is forecast by the World Bank to increase by more than 6% annually over the next three years.

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This growth is having a disconcerting effect on the “maid trade” in Hong Kong and Singapore, employment agents in both cities say. In both cities, tens of thousands of Filipino women work long hours cooking, cleaning and caring for children for about $500 a month, often while separated from their own children and families for years. Now there’s evidence some of these women are opting to stay home instead.

Thanks to the Philippines’ stronger economy, wealthy Singaporeans are having to “lower the bar” when hiring a Filipino maid, recruitment consultant Emmanuel Geslani told The Straits Times. Filipino women with excellent English and a good education are finding jobs at home, leaving Singapore’s upper class with no choice but…

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