An employer group in Macau has welcomed the move by the Chinese government to allow more mainland domestic workers to be employed in Macau. The group also praised mainland domestic workers, claiming that they outperform domestic workers from other nations.

The Ministry of Commerce and the Hong Kong and Macau Affairs office agreed on the suggestion by the Macau government to let domestic workers from seven mainland Chinese provinces work in Macau, Macao Daily News reported.

Employers in Macau are now able to begin applications for work permits for domestic workers from the provinces of Guangxi, Anhui, Hunan, Hubei, Jiangxi, Sichuan and Guizhou.

Before the extension of the scheme, Macau employers could only hire domestic workers from Guangdong and Fujian provinces, as well as from Xiamen city.

Law Ping, the convenor of a group of Macau employers with domestic workers, welcomed the new plan, adding that mainland domestic workers often perform better than those from other countries.

Law said mainland domestic workers generally cost more than those from the Philippines, Vietnam and Indonesia. However, as some of them speak Cantonese and Putonghua, local families are now keen to hire them because of ease of communications, and for the opportunity for their children to learn Putonghua.

Law believed that importing more mainland domestic workers to increase the competition could improve the market.

According to Macau government figures, as of August, out of 28,457 domestic workers working in Macau, only 401 are from mainland China.