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Government offers yuesao pay guidance

THE Shanghai Household Services Association has published guidance on nursemaids' service fees to combat rocketing prices in the local market.

The guidance prices were published after media reports showed the monthly salary for yuesao, or home-stay maids who nurse newborns and new mothers around-the-clock during the month after delivery, has reached 15,000 yuan (US$2,385).

Yuesao salaries were around 1,400 yuan per month in 2002, but reports have noted that rising demand for nursemaids has outstripped supply in the city, driving up prices.

To combat the rocketing prices, the association said on Tuesday that the official guidance service fees for yuesao should be classified into three levels, with the highest rank charging 6,000 yuan per month for each household.

Only maids who have five years experience in household services and hold certain qualifications should enjoy the highest salary. Maids with three years experience should be paid 4,100 yuan per month, and those with one year experience should be paid 2,000 yuan, according to the guidance prices.

The guidance prices are suggestions for customers and household services companies and do not carry the force of law, officials with the association said.

Some major local household service companies told Shanghai Daily that some firms have intentionally pushed the service fees of yuesao to extremely high levels by claiming to media that the market is in short supply as a way to earn more profits.

"In fact, very few maids in the country may earn such a high monthly salary boasted by some media," said an official surnamed Xia with Aixin Household Services Co.

A lack of certification, standard pricing and supervision from watchdogs has made the yuesao service fees look unreasonably high, said another local household company official who refused to be named.

Yuesao services are getting popular because according to Chinese tradition, a mother should stay in bed for the entire first month, or yuezi, after having a baby. Otherwise, she may suffer from various chronic diseases in the future.


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