16 Feb '12, 9am

Graduates working as maids in Shanghai

Graduates working as maids in Shanghai

SHANGHAI: In Shanghai, a small but increasing number of highly educated graduates are choosing to work as maids. As more expats and local talents relocate to Shanghai to live and work, demand for qualified domestic helpers is on the rise. The pay is attractive as qualified domestic workers can earn up to US$5 per hour, double the usual rate. Domestic workers caring for post-pregnancy women and babies typically earn more than US$900 a month. That is almost double the average pay of a fresh university graduate, which is less than US$500. Shanghai Women's Federation's chief Sun Mei E, said: "They see this as a sunrise industry. Hence, many are willing to come into this, especially college graduates and those with higher education. There is also a small portion of them who aim to set up their own domestic services company." Thirty-year-old Li Na chose to become a domestic work...

Full article: http://www.channelnewsasia.com/stories/eastasia/view/1183...

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