About 4,400 fresh graduates have registered to find work under a government-subsidised internship programme that has netted 7,200 job offers - almost double the target. More than 100 graduates have already secured jobs and started working under the scheme, which began receiving applications from students on August 1. Senior labour officer Raymond Ho Kam-biu said job offers would continue to be accepted, even though the target had been surpassed. 'It is good that we can offer more choices for university graduates who want to join the scheme,' he said. The government had aimed to provide 4,000 internship opportunities lasting from six months to a year, with a quarter of them on the mainland. Employers were invited to join the scheme in June. For local internships, graduates are paid by the employers who receive a HK$2,000 a month training subsidy. Because of mainland labour laws, the Hong Kong interns there will not be paid, but the Hong Kong government will give them living and housing allowances of up to HK$4,500 a month and take out insurance for them. More than half of the 1,000 job vacancies available on the mainland are in Guangdong province. The rest are in Beijing, Shanghai, Nanjing ,Chengdu ,Fuzhou, Tianjin and Nanning . The highest salary on offer in Hong Kong is HK$17,000 a month and the average is HK$8,500, with more than three-quarters of the jobs offering more than HK$8,000, and about 1 per cent HK$4,000 to HK$6,000. 'Career centres at the 12 tertiary institutions rejected some jobs after studying the nature of the work and wage levels to see if they were reasonable,' Mr Ho said. Urban Group executive director Francis Chan said the property management company had hired six fresh graduates to train as estate managers at 'close to' the market rate of HK$10,000. Hai Tong (HK) Financial Holdings chairman Li Jianguo said the company was offering 40 posts in its Hong Kong office and 10 on the mainland related to investment, finance, accounting and marketing. Fresh real estate major graduates from Polytechnic University, Joseph Fu Dik-bong and Alice Fu Wan-ying, who have been hired by Urban Group, said it was difficult to find work amid the financial crisis. Mr Fu said he had found a job related to his studies, but had been prepared to take up any job offers.