I think I will have to do without a helper… at least until I find a reasonable rate again.
Six months ago, I was giving my part-timer 60,000-won for a 9am-6pm job. When I recently contacted my part-timer again, this time she was asking 70,000-won for the same length of time. She asked me if the rate is ok, and I promptly said “no, thanks”. She still tried to reason out and negotiate through text despite my frank reply but I didn’t bother to answer anymore. I don’t feel the need to negotiate in this matter. She will be cleaning my house and occasionally look after my son/s. If she feels shortened by the rate, she may not be able to deliver according to expectation. It is very important to me to be clear about financial expectations in the beginning and when I sense even the slightest possible cause of dissatisfaction in the future on either side because of money, I just drop it.
While I respect the individual right to set their own term and price, this time I personally think this is quite expensive. Especially when it is no secret that most Filipinas working as domestic helpers here are undocumented.