Agents of change? Assessing Hong Kong employment agencies’ compliance with the code of practice

The report, based on a survey of over 450 migrant domestic workers, examines the implementation of the Hong Kong government’s Code of Practice for Employment Agencies (CoP), and its impact on the human and labour rights of domestic workers in the territory.

The research was conducted by members of FADWU and Indonesian domestic worker organisation, KOBUMI, with support from the International Labour Organisation (ILO), and Rights Exposure (RE). It is the first research to be published on the CoP since it came into force.

Since Jan 2017, in the name of improving monitor mechanism to employment agencies, the Hong Kong Labour Department launched the “Code of Practice” for employment agencies.

After 1 year of implementation of “Code of Practice”, did the employment agencies become more clean? In order to assess Hong Kong employment agencies compliance with CoP, sisters of FADWU and KOBUMI formed a survey team and interviewed 452 migrant domestic workers.

The survey team also conducted 18 undercover recordings for investigating the amount of charges for job placement.

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