Written by: Deng Yinglin
2020-03-31 21:28Last updated: 2020-03-31 21:28
Affected by the new coronavirus COVID-19 pneumonia epidemic, population movements are restricted everywhere, and foreign domestic helpers are also affected. Zhang Jiemin, chairman of the Hong Kong Employment Agencies Association and the Hong Kong Employment Agency Indonesia Association, revealed that the industry is facing a severe shock. Local governments have restricted people flow, reduced flights, and licensed foreign domestic helpers. The company's business has been halved at least, while the smaller foreign domestic helper intermediary business is even more bleak and may fall to zero. He urged the government to refer to the practice of subsidizing travel agencies and include the foreign domestic helper agency and agency industry in the second round of anti-epidemic funds to help the industry.
The chairman of the Hong Kong Employment Agents Association, Zhang Jiemin, bluntly stated that the foreign domestic helper agency and the agency business had been hit hard by the epidemic. (Profile picture)
Overseas business is now almost halted
Zhang Jiemin pointed out that the Hong Kong Employment Agency Indonesian Association has more than 200 Indian domestic helper company members. Under the epidemic, foreign domestic helpers' application procedures were closed and personnel entry and exit were restricted, resulting in a significant reduction in industry income, but rent and labor In order to meet the licensing requirements of local governments, licensed agencies must still maintain dormitory equipment and professional translators, and prepare staff to follow up contract requirements 24 hours.
He bluntly faced tremendous pressure on the industry, and the average turnover was reduced by 75%: "Overseas business accounted for half of the business, and now it is almost stalled. Many employers and foreign domestic helpers originally planned not to renew their contracts, and they changed their contracts locally, but considering that The decision to renew the contract has reduced local business by half. "
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It is expected that the closing tide will occur within one month at the earliest
Zhang Jiemin pointed out that there are more than 500 companies registered in the industry and engaged in Indian-Philippine maid business, and more than 1,500 are intermediaries. As the president of the overseas employment center, he revealed that his company's business is only about 40% on weekdays, but it is not bad in the industry. Due to the difficulty of recruiting professionals, he does not plan to lay off staff for the time being.
However, he confessed that due to the fierce competition in the industry and the fact that it was close to saturation, he believed that if the epidemic continued, most intermediaries would fail in the next few months, and the first wave of failures would occur in the next one to two months. About one to 20% of licensed companies will also have the opportunity to start closing in the next three to four months. He has written to the Chief Executive, Mrs Carrie Lam, to reflect the plight of the industry and urged the Hong Kong Government to refer to the practice of subsidizing travel agencies to include companies operating in the employment of foreign domestic helpers in the second round of epidemic prevention and anti-epidemic funds to provide support.
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