To register for services of the Smart Living, employers must accept the terms and conditions of the Smart Living service.
Before registering a vacancy, the employers may make reference to the followings:
|Scope of work||Factors for consideration||Examples|
|Household cleaning||Size of flat / areas to be cleaned||Bedroom, living room, toilet, bathroom, kitchen, balcony, rooftop, yard, ceiling, windows and doors, etc.|
|Job requirements||Changing bedclothes, mopping floor and cleaning windows, etc.|
|Frequency of service||Changing bedclothes once a week, cleaning windows once a month, etc.|
|Washing and ironing||Washing methods||Hand washing or dry-cleaning of delicate clothes or clothes made of special materials, and separating clothes that are prone to discolouration when washing, etc.|
|Ironing requirements||Quantity of the clothes, ironing methods and points to note.|
|Preparing meals||Frequency and portion of meals||Preparing lunch for an adult and a child every day and buying food once a week.|
|Budget / where to buy / when to buy||The expenses are to be disbursed each time or once a week, and additional fees are payable for buying trips necessitating transport, etc.|
|Job requirements||Preparing lunch (2 dishes and 1 soup) , or preparing food ingredients for dinner only.|
|Care||Service targets||Number of elders and their health conditions.|
|Job requirements||Feeding, assist in bathing or toileting and escort to clinic, etc.|
|Others||Pet care and plant care, etc.|
|Relevant work experience||For example, helper with relevant experience is more capable of looking after elderly.|
|Languages||Cantonese, Mandarin, English, other dialects.|
|Special skills||Elderly care and gardening, etc.|
Note: The lead time for referral may be lengthened if more job skills are required by the employers.
|Nature||Permanent or short-term/ temporary employment.|
|Mode||Part-time, full-time or live-in.|
|Working hours||Number of working sessions per week, working hour per session, etc.|
|Payment method of wages||Wages can be calculated on hourly, daily or monthly basis. Hourly wage is generally used for part-time jobs and monthly wage for full-time jobs.|
Log in the Smart Living Online System. First-time user, please go through the new user registration.
Call the ERB hotline on 182 182 or contact a Smart Living - Regional Service Centre direct.
Regardless of the vacancy registration method, employers who register a vacancy for the first time are required to submit an address proof (e.g. water/electricity/town gas/telephone bills or bank statement) issued within the recent 3 months with name and address identical to those entered in the registration form.
Organisations are required to provide the information of the service users for registration of vacancies and referrals. Please send the completed Smart Living - Home and Care Services - Organisation Registration Form to the ERB via email or fax.
Please send the completed Smart Living - Healthcare Massage Service - Corporate Client Registration Form to the ERB via email or fax.
All the registered vacancies will be followed up by designated Smart Living – Regional Service Centres. Employers registering job vacancies through the Smart Living Online System will be notified of the helpers referred or the referral status by email. Employers registering vacancies by phone, fax, mail or in person will be notified and followed up by the Smart Living – Regional Service Centre by phone.
The employers are advised to select suitable job-seekers recommended by the Smart Living – Regional Service Centres for interview prior to confirming the job offers. Interviews should as far as possible be conducted at the workplaces (i.e. at home) to give the Helpers an idea of the actual working environments. The Smart Living – Regional Service Centres can provide free interview venues if necessary.
To avoid contravention of the Personal Data (Privacy) Ordinance and the legislation on equal opportunities, employers should collect and handle job seekers' information with care throughout the recruitment process. Short-listing/selection should also be done in a fair manner, based on objective criteria, such as job-seekers' qualifications and skills, in order to ensure fairness and equal employment opportunities. For information about the relevant legislations, please visit the following websites:
If the employer and Helper agree on the job descriptions and terms of employment, including scope of work, working time arrangements, report duty date, wages, fringe benefits, payment method of wages and leave arrangements, etc., the employer should enter into a written employment contract with the Helper. The employer and the helper should each keep a copy of the employment contract so as to protect the rights of both parties and avoid unnecessary conflicts and disputes. However, if any terms of the employment contract terminate or diminish the rights, benefits or protection conferred to employees by the Employment Ordinance such terms would not be enforceable.
Under the Employees’ Compensation Ordinance, all employers are required to take out employees' compensation insurance for their employees.