Recruiters Halt Placements in Hong Kong

A self-imposed moratorium by a group of Philippine-based licensed recruiters could deprive some 35,000 Filipinos of jobs as household service workers (HSWs) in Hong Kong, reports The Society of Hong Kong Accredited Recruiters of the Philippines Inc. (SHARP), a group of licensed overseas employment providers, announced that it will stop deploying HSWs for employers in Hong Kong because of prohibitive recruitment costs that workers incur. Alfredo Palmiery,  SHARP president, said that until their counterparts and their employers in Hong Kong satisfactorily address the issue of high recruitment costs, the moratorium they imposed would remain.