SAR fair only finds China posts for 80

PUBLISHED : Wednesday, 17 April, 2002, 12:00am
UPDATED : Wednesday, 17 April, 2002, 12:00am

Only 80 out of 12,000 Hong Kong jobseekers have found work after visiting an employment fair three months ago which offered positions with mainland companies.

However, the low recruitment rate has not deterred the organisers from holding another fair at the end of June. They blamed jobseekers for failing to take the first fair seriously and urged them to be better prepared this time.

MRC Human Capital Services yesterday said that of the 12,000 jobseekers who attended the event in Wan Chai in late January, about half filled in applications.

Potential candidates were found for about half of the 746 vacancies offered by a total of 73 mainland firms at the time, but only 80 were hired.

However, MRC marketing manager Queenie Cheung said the low final recruitment rate from the fair had nothing to do with employers being too selective.

She instead blamed the attitude of jobseekers at the fair.

'From our observation, most of the visitors were more interested in checking out what the fair was all about than seeking employment. Only a few took it seriously and went as far as wearing suits for the interviews,' Ms Cheung said.

The fair organiser also said a survey of the exhibitors had found that about 80 per cent indicated they would take part again. It said the fair caught the attention of professionals and firms in other Asian countries.

MRC plans to hold its next employment fair in Hong Kong on June 29 and 30.

Details such as the number of exhibitors and job vacancies will be announced in Guangzhou tomorrow.

An exhibitor and a successful jobseeker from the first fair will also be on hand to give their views on the event.

A Zhongshan University survey on the expectations mainland firms have of Hong Kong workers will also be unveiled.

Ms Cheung said a series of seminars would also be held before the employment fair aimed at jobseekers interested in working on the mainland.