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Hong Kong’s annual recruitment fair draws thousands

Hong Kong's annual four-day recruitment fair kicked off on Thursday and it has already drawn thousands. More than 760 exhibitors from 18 countries were at the fair to offer education options and career advancement.

HONG KONG: Hong Kong's annual four-day recruitment fair kicked off on Thursday and it has already drawn thousands.

The Education and Careers Expo, held at the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre, was organised by the Trade Development Council.

More than 760 exhibitors from 18 countries were at the fair to offer education options and career advancement.

Hong Kong is a global services hub, offering financial services and logistics, and the recent boom on the mainland has benefited the city.

In recent years, the labour market has been tight, with the jobless rate at just above 3 per cent.

Out in full force are Hong Kong employers representing sectors like banking, construction, aviation and catering.

Leading aircraft engineering companies said they are finding it tough to recruit, adding that there is low public awareness about career prospects in non-traditional industries.

Belinda Chan, personnel manager at Hong Kong Aircraft Engineering Company, said: "We're aggressively looking for new graduates, new school-leavers out of schools this year. This year, we're aiming for 550 trainees, through our various training programmes.

“At the beginning, for aircraft maintenance training, the salary starts at HK$9,000 up to graduates who are looking at HK$14,000, so we start recruiting from high school leavers up to graduates, as well as (people with) various… experiences… who are looking to develop a career in aviation engineering."

Hong Kong's Chief Executive has warned that if the city's economy continues to expand by 4 per cent ever year, then Hong Kong may face a labour shortage in four years’ time.

To counter this, he suggests importing more overseas labour.

There are chronic shortages of low-wage workers in the construction and catering sector, as the city has several mega-infrastructure projects in the pipeline, while the services sector are coping to meet the 100 million visitors annually in 10 years’ time. 

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