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HKBU survey affirms foreign domestic helpers’ positive impact on Hong Kong families

15 Nov 2021

Led by Dr Adam Cheung Ka-lok, Assistant Professor of the Department of Sociology at HKBU, the study investigated the hiring of foreign domestic helpers by families in Hong Kong.
Led by Dr Adam Cheung Ka-lok, Assistant Professor of the Department of Sociology at HKBU, the study investigated the hiring of foreign domestic helpers by families in Hong Kong.

A HKBU study has investigated the hiring of foreign domestic helpers (FDHs) by families in Hong Kong, which looked into the factors conducive to their hiring decisions, the stability of the employment relationship, and the impact of hiring FDHs on the families that employed them.

 

The study was led by Dr Adam Cheung Ka-lok, Assistant Professor of the Department of Sociology at HKBU. The research team conducted the survey between October 2018 and June 2019.

 

The research showed that married couples’ demand for FDHs has increased substantially in Hong Kong over the past 40 years. They are now employing FDHs for longer periods of time, but the practice is unstable.

 

It also revealed that married couples spent additional hours on childcare and managing FDHs. And the practice is associated with fertility rates.

 

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