MTR sure of hiring 2,400 at jobs fair

PUBLISHED : Thursday, 27 June, 2013, 12:00am
UPDATED : Thursday, 27 June, 2013, 5:22am

The MTR Corporation is confident it will be able to find 2,400 construction workers and other professionals at a job exposition this weekend for its five mega projects despite a shortage of labour in Hong Kong.

The railway company's projects director, Chew Tai-chong, said construction of the projects would reach its peak at the end of this year and 16,000 workers were needed.

The company had hired 11,000 people and needs 5,000 more by the end of the year, Chew said.

Up to 17 contractors will be taking part in the jobs fair at Hung Hom's Fortune Metropolis this weekend. The MTR aims to hire 2,100 construction workers and 300 engineering and managerial staff.

Chew said he was confident the MTR would be able to find enough people for the projects because of the good pay and benefits. The starting salaries range from HK$9,000 to more than HK$35,000. Construction workers get a 15-minute break after every 90 minutes during the summer months.

He said the shortage of workers had not reached "a critical point that will affect the progress of projects". He called on teenagers to join the construction industry, saying it would be able to offer them a bright future because there were many infrastructure projects on the way.