Things you should know when using the service of an employment agency
- It is not a requirement by the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region Government that foreign domestic helpers have to obtain employment from employment agencies (EAs). Yet, your respective government(s) may have such requirements. Please consult your government’s Consulate representatives in Hong Kong if you have any questions.
- According to the law, anyone who wishes to provide job-placement services must obtain a licence from the Commissioner for Labour. You should check if the EA possesses a valid licence before using its service. You can check it online (Chinese / English only).
- According to the Employment Ordinance and Employment Agency Regulations, the maximum commission which may be received by an EA from a job-seeker shall be an amount not exceeding a sum equal to 10% of the first-month's wages received by the job-seeker after he/she has been successfully placed in employment by the EA. The provisions are applicable to all job-seekers.
- Your EA is prohibited to charge you any fees or expenses, be it directly or indirectly, in relation to the job-placement other than the prescribed commission (which is currently set at 10% of your first-month's wages after successful placement). To protect yourself, you should obtain a receipt from the EA after you have paid the commission.
- If you suspect yourself being overcharged by an EA, you should report to Employment Agencies Administration (EAA) as soon as possible.
- According to Part XII of the Employment Ordinance, prosecution of offences of overcharging job-seekers and unlicensed operation of employment agencies has to be made within 12 months after the date of the commission of the offence. Report your case to the authorities immediately to avoid delay.