Employment in Hong Kong

Tsang mistakes full employment (good) for a manpower shortage (bad)

Virgin Atlantic has been adversely affected by shortages of skilled and semi-skilled labour. Photo: May Tse

Everyone does not include me. Take me out of it. I do not believe that shortage of manpower is something that really exists in economic terms. Shortage of manpower is what you have when there are no fire hoses to put out a house fire and the bucket brigade is not long enough to stretch from the pond to the house.

Thursday, 20 February, 2014, 12:46am 10 comments

Jobs of private bankers in Hong Kong are at risk

China is facing a slowdown in the once bustling retail business, putting private bankers at risk of losing their jobs. Photo: Xinhua

Global banks that hoped to turn Hong Kong into a platform to serve wealthy mainland Chinese clients are finding it tough going as markets have soured, and some have even begun to lay off staff to reduce costs.

8 May 2015 - 9:46am

Domestic worker test case is a chance to take a fresh look at employment rules

The issue of permanent resident status has been contested by a group of foreign nationals who came to Hong Kong more than seven years ago under contract terms as domestic workers. This is, in effect, a test case, and could eventually lead to the dissolution of the existing foreign domestic helper contractual arrangement.

5 Oct 2011 - 12:00am

Being your own boss can be hard work

Self-employed people work longer hours but earn less than employees, a study has found.

According to the latest report on self-employment by the Census and Statistics Department, the self-employed work an average of 48 hours a week and earn a median HK$9,000 a month. Those in regular jobs work 45 hours a week for HK$10,500.

17 Aug 2011 - 12:00am

Best fit

Any sound social policy requires the delicate balancing of countervailing interests, such that it would serve the greater good of the greatest number of people. On the minimum wage issue, we know that some 300,000 of the Hong Kong working poor are expected to benefit from this new law. But let's not forget that Hong Kong's total working population is 3.6 million.

19 May 2011 - 12:00am

Tight-fisted ways come back to haunt employers

When the world economy plunged into an unprecedented crisis last year, Hong Kong was no exception and suffered considerably. To survive, most businesses, big and small, had to reduce operating costs by cutting staff and salaries.

17 Mar 2010 - 12:00am

Wheelchair staff plan protest over pay row

More than 100 local aviation workers have vowed to stage a protest at Hong Kong International Airport over a wage cut which has coincided with the Paralympic Games.

Staff at Worldwide Flight Services, a concierge service provider at Chek Lap Kok airport, said their employer has cut their piece-rate wages and violated the Employment Ordinance.

3 Sep 2008 - 12:00am

Job seekers urged to know rights

Young job seekers have been warned about employers who fine workers for being late and deduct wages when they fall ill.

6 Aug 2007 - 12:00am

Judge rules out compensation for illegal worker?s widow

Updated at 6.11pm: Illegal workers injured during the course of their employment were not entitled to claim workers? compensation from either their boss or the government, a judge ruled on Friday.

5 Jan 2007 - 12:00am

Employment in private sector rises 2pc

Updated at 6.54pm: Total employment in Hong Kong's private sector grew by 2.0 per cent, or 47,200 people, in March compared with a year earlier, latest figures released on Thursday showed.

The Census and Statistics Department figures show that in March, some 2.35 million people were working in the private sector.

22 Jun 2006 - 12:00am

Government plans to do more to help plight of foreign maids

Updated at 5.48pm: Permanent Secretary for Economic Development and Labour Matthew Cheung Kin-chung said on Thursday the government wanted to develop stronger relations with groups representing foreign maids in Hong Kong.

22 Sep 2005 - 12:00am

Firm fined $14,000 for not paying employee wages on time

Updated at 6.47pm: A construction consultancy firm on Tuesday was fined $14,000 for failing to pay a departing employee wages on time.

14 Jun 2005 - 12:00am

Middle-aged given help to find a job

A new programme has been launched to help 12,000 middle-aged Hong Kong people find jobs.

The Re-employment Training Programme for the Middle-aged, outlined by Chief Executive Tung Chee-hwa in his policy address in January, will give $1,500 a month to employers for up to three months for each full-time, permanent job plus on-the-job training for job seekers aged 40 or above.

12 May 2003 - 12:00am


THIS COLUMN has consistently argued that unemployment in Hong Kong is not as bad as it may seem, that the number of people employed is holding up quite well against a slowing economy and that most of the rising unemployment rate is attributable to a swiftly growing labour force rather than job losses. I still say it is true.

22 Apr 2002 - 12:00am

Come clean with real jobless figures

The ever gullible public in Hong Kong will surely not accept the latest spin put on the currently poor unemployment figures, that is, they have to get worse before they get better. The better informed know the situation is grim.

2 Apr 2002 - 12:00am