Did you know that Filipino maids are actually illegal in China? And now that Shanghai’s biggest party ever has begun, the crackdown is underway:
EXPAT families newly settling down in Shanghai are likely to want Filipinos, renowned for their nannying skills, as housemaids. But finding one is getting harder these days.
Maids may still be available via underground agencies, but they are no longer freely available after the authorities tightened up the job market.
Notices seeking Filipino housemaids have been banned and torn from the bulletin boards at many supermarkets where expats used to advertise in downtown Jing’an District and Biyun Community in the Pudong New Area.
A shop assistant on Nanjing Road W., surnamed Wu, said such notices had been banned by the local labor management bureau during the World Expo period.
The difficulty of finding Filipino maids has aroused discussion among expats on the Internet.
Several people on the Shanghai Expat forum said they were not able to find Filipino nannies.
“I need a Filipino maid to take care of my baby and cook a bit, but I searched every corner of the city and I couldn’t find one,” was one complaint.
In response, agencies posted messages on the Website promising to provide services. However, those agencies are illegal.
A state regulation in 2002 banned foreigners from taking jobs as domestic helpers. [Read more here]
But why would anybody need Filipino maids when you now have multilingual undergrad Chinese ayis?:
THE Shanghai Household Services Association is teaching Chinese ayis foreign languages to meet rising demand.
“Local housemaids with good language ability are in urgent need as many foreigners have come during the Expo,” said Sun Shizhen, an official with the association.
“We have hired a lot of young local housemaids including university students who can speak several different languages.”