The average salary of an experienced ayi in the city has gone up sixfold in the past decade, according to a recent study by industry website yunjiazheng.com.
A poll consisting of 70,000 registered domestic helpers in the Shanghai showed that the highest paid group of ayi last year earned from 7,000 to 10,000 yuan per month.
These are the workers who specialize in caring for newborn babies and usually live with the families after the child’s birth. In 2004, their monthly pay averaged around 2,00 and 2,500 yuan.
In the middle-range is the live-in maid, who earned around 4,000 to 6,000 yuan last year, up from 800 to 1,000 yuan in 2004, according to the poll.
The salaries of the hourly-paid ayi, who take care of general chores such as cleaning, washing dishes and laundry, doubled to 20 yuan per hour last year, from 10 yuan in 2004.
Zhu Jin, spokesperson for the website, attributes the sharp salary increase to a higher demand for domestic help, especially those specially qualified for childcare. “They are more skilled, so they can demand higher wages. They also work extremely hard,” she told Shanghai Daily.
She said that even some college and university graduates are entering the profession: more than 12 percent of Shanghai’s ayi caring for babies have a college degree or higher.
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