Shenzhen still faces a shortage in domestic helpers
Housekeeping service industry association said Shenzhen is currently facing a shortage of domestic helpers, even when wages were raised to 2,000 yuan a month after the Spring Festival. pay rise was caused when local families started to look for helpers to employ.
Wages for an experienced helper is around 2,300 to 2,500 a month. Wages for maids who are taking care of newborns and mothers rose between 4,800 to 8,800 yuan. currently there is a demand of 300,000 domestic helpers in Shenzhen. 95 percent of this are from outside of Shenzhen and each year 200,000 of the helpers leave for the Spring Festival holidays. Shenzhen always faces a shortage of helpers after the holidays and this year more domestic helpers are not returning since they have found work in their home cities.
One family were planning to hire a different helper after their helper didn’t return after the holidays, only to find out the the cost of hiring a new helper is now set at 2,000 yuan. one housekeeping services also said that most of his domestic helpers did not return to his company after the holidays. The reason why a lot of domestic helpers didn’t return because they found work in their home town that pays similar wages with Shenzhen and they will be closer to their families.