Professionals and managers who lose their jobs can expect little help from the Government, a senior official warned yesterday. Joseph Wong Wing-ping, Secretary for Education and Manpower, admitted the problem of unemployment was serious and 'it is unrealistic to expect a reverse' in the near future. 'We are aware that the problem has started to reach professionals and management people,' he said. 'But you won't expect the Labour Department to find jobs paying as much as $100,000 a month for them, will you? 'I believe these people should be able to find another job as they are educated. They can seek further studies and change to other industries without great difficulty.' Mr Wong said his bureau was discussing with the Housing Department and the Housing Authority how to 'change the working culture in construction sites in order to attract and keep young workers'. 'At present the industry does not have objective rules on hiring workers. All recruitment is through the sub-contractors. 'If you are a friend of the sub-contractor you can get the job and work with him,' said Mr Wong. 'We hope to see improvements in this area. We are working with the Housing Department.' He said the department could insert conditions when tendering out projects. 'Payments to workers will also be reviewed. At present they are paid daily, but a monthly payment might be more attractive to young workers.' Mr Wong said the Government would take into account the rising jobless rate while deciding whether to implement the labour importation scheme. He said opposition from trade unionists was understandable in view of the economic downturn. Mr Wong will tell the Provisional Legislative Council today that the Government has no plans to divide his bureau into two. There have been suggestions that the education and manpower roles should be separated. Mr Wong said education and manpower had a close relationship and should be put under the same bureau. He is also planning to write to mainland institutes to assure them that the SAR Government welcomed their students. The move is in response to a request from local universities which hope to recruit more mainland students.