Remember the movie “The Taste of Money”? It is a Korean film that includes Maui Taylor. She plays the role of a Filipina nanny in Korea of a “chaebol” family. Her son and daughter in the movie are Filipinos, too 😀
While it may be possible for diplomats and foreign investors to hire a Filipina nanny in Korea, it is not legal for ordinary Koreans to do so. There are Filipinas working as nannies in Korea who got in the country with the C-3 or tourist visa. Without a working permit (F-1 for housekeepers of diplomats and foreign investors), they choose to work illegally.
Why are Filipina nannies in Korea popular?
Day care centers and kindergartens are not enough to accommodate every child in Korea. Many dual-income families rely on their relatives to take care of the children. For some, it is just not possible and the only way for them to work and raise kids is to hire a nanny. Korean-Chinese (who can work at any job with their F-4 visa) are paid 2 million won (almost 2,000 USD) and above per month as housekeepers or nannies.
There are Korean families who choose to hire Filipina nanny for two reasons: they are cheaper and their proficiency in English is expected to benefit the children they take care of.
A Filipina nanny in Korea could earn between 1.3 and 1.5 million won (that’s almost 1,500 to 2,000 USD) as a stay-in housekeeper and nanny. Aside from doing household chores, she is expected to take care of the children and tutor them in English. The latter is the main reason why a Korean family would hire a Filipina nanny despite the risk.
What are the risks of working (or hiring) a Filipina nanny in Korea?
Korea is not open to the employment of foreign housekeepers. Only foreign diplomats residing in Korea and foreign investors can bring in their own housekeepers. (There is an association of legal Filipino housekeepers in Korea.)
Thus, if a Korean hire a Filipina nanny (who does not have a proper visa ~ like F-6 or spousal visa of F-5 or permanent resident) he could be facing a penalty of up to three years imprisonment or a fine of 20 million won. The Filipina working illegally as a nanny would also be deported if found.
Will Korea be open to hiring foreign housekeepers?
Unlike Hong Kong, Korea is not open to hiring foreign housekeepers. This is to protect the low-income Koreans. One can hire a “cleaning ajumma” for four hours at 30,000 won.
Of course, we don’t know what will happen in the future.