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Hundreds of Hong Kong youths queue at jobs fair with 400 GBA posts on offer

Hundreds of Hong Kong youths queue at jobs fair with 400 GBA posts on offer

The first job fair for young Hongkongers to work in the Greater Bay Area received hundreds of visitors on Thursday, with around 400 mainland post vacancies up for grabs as the city fully resumed land transportation to the mainland.
More than 20 organizations from various industries participated in the government’s GBA Youth Employment Scheme Job Expo, providing over 400 job vacancies such as; management trainee, administrative executives, banking operations officers, news editors, product designers, engineers, and business intelligence analysts in mainland GBA cities.

The monthly salary was not less than HK$18,000.

Chan, a fresh graduate from a university in the UK who returned to Hong Kong recently, said he wanted to "find another way out" in Greater Bay Area cities.

"I want to work as a consultant for the international education industry, but other sectors like banking also suit me," he said, "there are many opportunities,"

Yu, a female job seeker with a master's degree in marketing, said she wishes to find a post in Shenzhen or Guangzhou.

"I don't worry about living cost; it won't cost higher than Hong Kong anyway," she said but showed concerns about whether she could adapt to the cultural atmosphere in GBA cities.

"The Labor Department has also received some 800 job vacancies from 80 mainland enterprises," said Secretary for Labor and Welfare Chris Sun Yuk-han, expecting more GBA cities’ opportunities to be introduced for Hong Kong youth.

Meanwhile, about 35 organizations gathered in Wan Chai’s Convention and Exhibition Centre this morning for the Pursuing New Opportunities Job Fair to provide job seekers graduating from tertiary institutions with monthly salaries ranging from HK$12,000 to HK$23,000 on offer.

More than 1,200 positions were available in the catering, retail, and hotel industries, with 81 percent of the jobs facing a shortage of full-time professionals.
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