Success for job-seekers
A survey has revealed that graduates of the territory's technical colleges have been highly successful in securing full-time jobs An encouraging 79 per cent of graduates from Hong Kong Technical Colleges (Chai Wan and Tsing Yi) have found jobs, according to an employment survey conducted by the Vocational Training Council.
The survey revealed that 1,325 full-time graduates had found employment by January, while another 18 per cent of these 1996 graduates had pursued full-time study upon finishing their courses. Only two per cent were still seeking suitable employment when the survey was conducted. The overall basic monthly salary of the employed graduates averaged $9,878 with those joining the government sector receiving the highest average of $13,359 per month. The averages for other sectors were: Community, social and personal services - $11,390 Real estate and construction - $10,420 Electricity and gas supply - $9,748 Transport and communication - $9,624 A similar survey of an earlier release of 1996 technical institute graduates revealed that 56 per cent had gone on to full- time employment and 34 per cent to full-time study.
Of the graduate total of 6,771, more than 3,700 were diploma graduates and the rest certificate graduates.
The manufacturing sector soaked up the largest number of graduates (25 per cent), followed by real estate and construction (24 per cent), and industrial or commercial services (17 per cent). The average monthly salary for diploma graduates stood at $8,059 and for certificate graduates it was $5,350.
Of the first batch of diploma graduates, those absorbed by the government sector fetched the highest average monthly pay of $11,928.
For technical college certificate graduates, those entering the finance and insurance sector were offered the highest average monthly salary - fetching $6,575.