PolyU to offer 1,800 extra places for graduates Polytechnic University will offer an extra 1,800 postgraduate and extension-studies places for the coming academic year. To aid graduates seeking jobs and to ease the city's unemployment pressure, the university will create 300 vacancies in teaching, research or project assistance and other administrative positions. Local applicants will be given admission preference to fill the extra postgraduate places. More than 70 trade associations have been invited to provide 800 internships in mainland and local firms for Polytechnic University students graduating this summer. A four-week career and education fair will be launched shortly. 13pc drop in average advertising spending this year, says poll Average advertising spending this year will fall by 13 per cent, a Hong Kong Advertisers Association survey indicates. The association, which interviewed 100 advertisers recently, also found that 63 per cent of advertisers would cut their budgets an average HK$2.5 million compared to last year. Television adverts will be the most affected sector, but budgets for newspapers, the internet and non-mainstream media, such as direct mail and social networking, would increase, the survey said. Estate body chief to step down Estate Agents Authority chief executive Sandy Chan Pui-shan would step down in July when her contract expired, an authority spokeswoman said. Chairwoman Vivien Chan said the departure was based on expiry of a fixed-term contract. In 2003, Sandy Chan joined the authority, which started advertising the chief executive position this week. Work evaluation for the disabled Commissioner for Labour Cherry Tse Ling Kit-ching said occupational therapists, physiotherapists and social workers who helped the disabled find jobs would probably be assigned to assess people's productivity under a scheme for a discounted minimum wage. She told a Legislative Council manpower panel the assessment would be conducted mainly based on observation and interviews.