WITH PROPERTY DEVELOPMENT and construction in Hong Kong slowing, the growth of the sector in Macau has come at a perfect time for skilled professionals looking for a new career path. For example, Hong Kong-based Hip Hing Construction has secured several new projects in Macau and is looking for experienced engineering and building management professionals to join its team. The company previously worked on the Macau International Airport and the main Bank of China building and is now involved in building the MGM Grand Macau hotel, as well as the Grand Lisboa Hotel and Casino. In its present recruitment drive, the company wants to hire a quantity surveyor, a building services engineer, a civil or structural engineer and a project co-ordinator. The company is concentrating its search in Hong Kong because, according to C. K. Kwong, general manager of external affairs at Hip Hing Construction, there are not enough candidates in Macau. For previous projects in Macau, the company also recruited staff in Hong Kong and had few problems finding the right professionals. 'Since the number of construction projects has decreased in Hong Kong in recent years, manpower resources are available and people are looking for openings,' Mr Kwong said. 'We foresee good prospects for the construction industry in Macau in the next few years. 'Industry professionals will have opportunities for wider exposure and will be able to learn about the relevant laws and regulations.' As an indication of how fast things are moving, the total number of units built by the private sector in Macau for residential and other uses in the first quarter of this year was 652, an increase of 346 per cent over the same period last year. Mr Kwong said salary levels for positions with Hip Hing Construction depended on the qualifications and experience of applicants, but matched those paid in Hong Kong. In addition to the four positions being advertised, general recruitment for other positions was continuing, he said.