THE RECRUITMENT SYSTEM IS BROKEN BUT WE CAN FIX IT.

Fair Employment Agency (FEA) is a nonprofit employment agency based in Sheung Wan, Hong Kong. We help employers hire great helpers with transparent pricing, ethical practices and the best team in town. Visit the FEA website here.

Challenge.

Every year, tens of thousands of Filipino and Indonesian workers pay huge, often illegal, employment agency fees to secure domestic worker jobs in Hong Kong. To pay these fees, workers borrow several month’s salary at high interest rates, leaving them trapped in a cycle of debt and unable to leave dangerous jobs.  This is forced labor.

 

Employers also fall victim to the broken recruitment system. When agencies illegally charge both employers and workers, they are incentivised to place workers who can pay fees, rather than those who are right for the job. When a worker leaves or is terminated, the agency profits off replacement workers. This leads to poor matches and broken contracts that are troublesome for the employer, devastating for the worker, but highly profitable for the agency.

Impact.

  • More than 3,400 workers placed to date

  • Over US$4.5 million saved in recruitment debt, the equivalent of 750 years of labour

  • Among the top 10 Hong Kong agencies in terms of Filipino worker processing volumes, for the second consecutive year

  • 90% of employers would recommend FEA to a friend and over 95% of workers report job satisfaction

Opportunity.

Fair Employment Agency is a non-profit employment agency that is driving industry standards for hiring migrant domestic workers.

 

As we do not charge fees to workers, our focus is on being transparent and trustworthy, and making the right match between employer and worker. We believe that by being the best employment agency in Hong Kong, we will become the biggest, and gain influence to change the system from within.

Photographs by: Lucas Lam, Ruby Cheng

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Fair Employment Foundation is a registered charity

in Hong Kong (IRD 91/13885)