Legal domestic helpers in South Korea – mostly in Seoul – were able to come here through employment with embassy officials and registered foreign investors. Other than that, there are no other means of coming over to South Korea as a domestic helper. No such visa still exists.
But that doesn’t mean Filipinas are not working as domestic helpers here in Seoul. They do. And almost all of them are undocumented.
And here’s what you need to know:
Contracted domestic helpers by embassy officials earn, on the average, $500usd per month.
Undocumented Filipinas who work as domestic helpers charge, on the minimum, 1,000,000-won (889.05usd) a month. Whether they work as stay-in helpers or not depends on the agreement they have with their employers, most of whom are Koreans. But, mind you, 1,000,000-won is low, according to some of them. Some are being paid 1,600,000-won (1,422.48usd) a month.
Those who work on a daily basis charge 10,000-won per hour. I’m luckier, I guess. I pay mine 65,000-won for working 8-9 hours.
That’s why most women who first came over as factory workers would rather extend their stay and risk their illegal status to earn that much.
Now, South Korea’s Ministry of Strategy and Finance is considering bringing Filipinos as domestic helpers with the primary intention of bringing back more Korean women into the workplace.
Ministries split over plan on Filipino babysitters
By Lee Hyo-sik
Many Korean women quit their jobs after giving birth in the face of a range of difficulties in raising children while working at the same time. A shortage of decent childcare facilities, among other factors, makes working moms refrain from having more babies or end up staying home to raise their children.
To boost the nation’s falling birthrates and encourage more women to participate in economic activities, the Ministry of Strategy and Finance is considering bringing Filipino women into the country to employ them as babysitters.
Many working mothers seem to welcome the government’s latest move, saying it will help them find suitable babysitters at lower costs.
full article here
I know the title calls for babysitters. Here in Korea, and I’m sure in Hong Kong and Singapore, babysitters do not just work exclusively as baby sitters. They do the whole work from taking care of the kids to cleaning the house to cooking to washing and ironing clothes. And here in Korea, most moms rely on their domestic helpers as their kid’s English tutor, too. That’s regardless of the English skills of the helpers. But that’s another matter.
This one’s a complex subject. Koreans have their own reasons whether to want to legalize domestic helpers or not. They could go on debating about that but what about from the point of view of Filipinos?
Would you want to legalize Filipino domestic helpers in South Korea?