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Soaring Hong Kong rents spur office buying rush

Soaring rents spur rush to buy offices

Manulife Financial, Canada's biggest insurer, and Hang Seng Bank this year bought office towers in the city, joining financial firms such as AIA Group and Agricultural Bank of China in spending more than HK$18.8 billion on commercial properties from January last year to last month, according to Cushman & Wakefield. That is the most for a 16-month period on record, the broker's data shows.

Wednesday, 8 May, 2013, 6:03am

Winners aplenty in Hong Kong's job market

Winners aplenty in Hong Kong's job market

Is Hong Kong's job market now a "buyer's market" or a "seller's market"? Most people would answer by complaining about how hard it is to find a good job in the city. But once you speak to human resources experts, you find the reality may not be so simple.

6 May 2013 - 6:45am 1 comment

For senior and young, Hong Kong job market may be healthier than you think

In Hong Kong, 95 percent of financial industry employers say it is still challenging for them to find skilled financial services professionals. Photo: SCMP

Is Hong Kong’s job market now a ‘seller’s market’ or ‘buyer’s market’?

The reaction from most to this question will naturally be to complain about the difficulties in finding good jobs in Hong Kong. But when you speak to some human resources experts, the answer may not be as simple as you think.

1 May 2013 - 3:03pm

Hong Kong people can't just wait around for democracy; they must act

Illustration: Craig Stephens

My story begins with the appearance of the pro-democracy legislators on the balcony of the former Legislative Council building at midnight on June 30, 1997. We said something very simple: "We shall return." We knew we would be thrown out of the Legislative Council by what was called the Provisional Legislative Council. As it was a provisional council, members did not have to be elected.

1 May 2013 - 2:32am 31 comments

Delta air quality improves, but roadside pollution worse in Hong Kong

Pedestrians cover their noses to guard against the poor air quality in the busy streets in Causeway Bay. Photo: SCMP

Air quality in the Pearl River Delta improved last year, according to the latest regional air quality report, but concerns are mounting about the deterioration of roadside air in Hong Kong.

30 Apr 2013 - 6:41am 4 comments

In the race for yuan trade, Hong Kong must raise its game

Norman Chan Tak-lam. Photo: K.Y. Cheng

Few would remember why Hong Kong became the first city involved in the yuan business in early 2004. It came about after an agreement signed between the central banks of Hong Kong and the mainland in November 2003. Back then, Beijing had not yet decided to let the yuan become an international currency. That only occurred in 2009.

30 Apr 2013 - 4:28am 1 comment

A thrift-seeker's guide to massages and manicures

Getting a massage needn't squeeze your finances. Photo: Felix Wong

The stress of Hong Kong means you need some relaxation, but the big hotel spas charge like wounded bulls for a simple massage. So where to get a decent kneading at a decent price?

The key is a balance between cheap and clean. Plenty of hole-in-the-wall joints offer a nice price but not such nice hygiene.

29 Apr 2013 - 3:35pm

A bird in the hand may cost you a flock

A bird in the hand may cost you a flock

I'm buying a Hong Kong residential property. Should I buy it in my own name or through a company and trust arrangement?

29 Apr 2013 - 3:59am

Hong Kong faces mainland China challenge as ports expand

Shenzhen port may also lose business as shipping terminals elsewhere in Guangdong scale up and offer lower rates to attract customers. Photo: Bloomberg

Guangdong's plan to spend billions of yuan to create a network of ports, railways and waterways will pose a competitive threat to Hong Kong. But it may benefit Hong Kong exporters as a strike at the city's port enters its fifth week, say industry players.

29 Apr 2013 - 4:11am 1 comment

Prison officers who falsified urine samples lose appeal

Two former prison officers who falsified urine samples taken from released drug offenders lost their appeal against their three-month prison sentence on Friday.

26 Apr 2013 - 3:57pm

Hong Kong's schools unaware of how to deal with sexual harassment

Professional Teachers' Union president Fung Wai-wah. Photo: Edward Wong

From telling offensive, sexrelated jokes to offering privileges in exchange for unethical deeds, schools were no different from commercial entities in terms of the problem's prevalence, commission policy and research committee convenor Tse said.

26 Apr 2013 - 5:16am

Fewer Hong Kong teens expect to complete university

Graduates in Hong Kong. File photo: SCMP

Less than half of 15-year-olds in Hong Kong expect to complete a university education, compared with more than 80 per cent of their peers in South Korea, a study shows. The city also trails rival Singapore, where more than seven in 10 youngsters expect to graduate.

25 Apr 2013 - 3:57pm 9 comments

Hong Kong missing a taste of local character

Lee Yuen Congee Noodles was forced to close down after more than 40 years because of stratospheric rents. Photo: May Tse

I visited Singapore on the Easter break, and did what most tourists in Singapore end up doing - pigging out.

23 Apr 2013 - 7:12am

Hong Kong sevens side get World Games slot

HKRFU chairman Trevor Gregory

Only eight teams will take part in the rugby sevens competition, and the IRB usually picks the top-ranked teams from each region, but can also invite participants based on the strategic interests of the game.

23 Apr 2013 - 5:16am

LGBT tourism: is HK missing out?

Benjie Caraig wins the Mr Gay Hong Kong title last year. Clubs find such events attract straight clientele, too. Photo: Sam Tsang

Members of the Hong Kong lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) community have heard the story time and again: a man and his husband check into a hotel after a long flight and grow increasingly exasperated as the smiling but confused receptionist asks for the third time: "Are you sure you don't want separate beds?"

23 Apr 2013 - 10:49am 7 comments