Hong Kong News

Nonpartisan, Noncommercial, unconstrained.
Saturday, Feb 24, 2024

Young hopefuls chase higher-paying GBA jobs

Young hopefuls chase higher-paying GBA jobs

A job expo providing over 3,000 vacancies in the Greater Bay Area under the government's GBA youth employment scheme was held at Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre in Wan Chai yesterday.
Job seekers said they are looking for GBA opportunities as the salaries are higher.

Some 30 job seekers queued outside the exhibition hall before the job expo opened at 11am, and hundreds tried their luck in the one-day event.

The fair gathered about 35 companies, offering over 1,200 vacancies in the catering, retail and hotel sectors, with monthly salaries ranging between HK$12,000 and HK$23,000.

Around 20 mainland employers in the GBA youth employment scheme offered some 400 vacancies for local fresh graduates.

Earlier this month, authorities regularized the scheme, where in an employers in GBA can get a monthly subsidy of HK$10,000 for up to 18 months if they hire a local fresh graduate for a salary of HK$18,000 a month.

Among the job seekers, a local university final-year student said he found at least one-third of the job vacancies attractive. \"There is a teacher position in Guangzhou to teach non-local students there. They will offer me a dormitory and meals, so I found it quite attractive," he said.

"I am also a non-local, so I think I can share my experience with the students there."

A Hong Kong girl who graduated from a mainland university said salaries under the scheme are much higher than those offered in the mainland.

"I looked at many offers in the mainland, but most of them were offering only a few thousand yuan for fresh graduates," she said.

An employer of an accounting firm said she would like to meet as many job seekers as possible at the expo, despite the company having received dozens of applications. "It will be most ideal if we can meet the applicants in person and it's quite different from only looking at their resumes," she said.

Speaking at the event's kick-off ceremony, Secretary for Labour and Welfare Chris Sun Yuk-han described the scheme as his baby, saying Hong Kong youth have unlimited opportunities if they are willing to work in GBA.

"If we say the scheme is a baby, then I think I have taken part in giving birth to this baby," Sun said.

"After our pilot scheme, we received great support from corporations, as well as young people and mainland cities in the GBA."

Although the scheme is expected to help around 1,000 fresh graduates every year, there are challenges. The Hong Kong Federation of Trade Unions' Greater Bay Area Community Services heard an employee was asked to return HK$8,000 back to her employer to secure a job. The victim sought help from the Labour Department and successfully got back her original salary, while the company has been banned from participating in the scheme.
Newsletter

Related Articles

Hong Kong News
0:00
0:00
Close
It's always the people with the dirty hands pointing their fingers
Paper straws found to contain long-lasting and potentially toxic chemicals - study
FTX's Bankman-Fried headed for jail after judge revokes bail
Blackrock gets half a trillion dollar deal to rebuild Ukraine
Steve Jobs' Son Launches Venture Capital Firm With $200 Million For Cancer Treatments
Google reshuffles Assistant unit, lays off some staffers, to 'supercharge' products with A.I.
End of Viagra? FDA approved a gel against erectile dysfunction
UK sanctions Russians judges over dual British national Kara-Murza's trial
US restricts visa-free travel for Hungarian passport holders because of security concerns
America's First New Nuclear Reactor in Nearly Seven Years Begins Operations
Southeast Asia moves closer to economic unity with new regional payments system
Political leader from South Africa, Julius Malema, led violent racist chants at a massive rally on Saturday
Today Hunter Biden’s best friend and business associate, Devon Archer, testified that Joe Biden met in Georgetown with Russian Moscow Mayor's Wife Yelena Baturina who later paid Hunter Biden $3.5 million in so called “consulting fees”
'I am not your servant': IndiGo crew member, passenger get into row over airline meal
Singapore Carries Out First Execution of a Woman in Two Decades Amid Capital Punishment Debate
Spanish Citizenship Granted to Iranian chess player who removed hijab
US Senate Republican Mitch McConnell freezes up, leaves press conference
Speaker McCarthy says the United States House of Representatives is getting ready to impeach Joe Biden.
San Francisco car crash
This camera man is a genius
3D ad in front of Burj Khalifa
Next level gaming
BMW driver…
Google testing journalism AI. We are doing it already 2 years, and without Google biased propoganda and manipulated censorship
Unlike illegal imigrants coming by boats - US Citizens Will Need Visa To Travel To Europe in 2024
Musk announces Twitter name and logo change to X.com
The politician and the journalist lost control and started fighting on live broadcast.
The future of sports
Unveiling the Black Hole: The Mysterious Fate of EU's Aid to Ukraine
Farewell to a Music Titan: Tony Bennett, Renowned Jazz and Pop Vocalist, Passes Away at 96
Alarming Behavior Among Florida's Sharks Raises Concerns Over Possible Cocaine Exposure
Transgender Exclusion in Miss Italy Stirs Controversy Amidst Changing Global Beauty Pageant Landscape
Joe Biden admitted, in his own words, that he delivered what he promised in exchange for the $10 million bribe he received from the Ukraine Oil Company.
TikTok Takes On Spotify And Apple, Launches Own Music Service
Global Trend: Using Anti-Fake News Laws as Censorship Tools - A Deep Dive into Tunisia's Scenario
Arresting Putin During South African Visit Would Equate to War Declaration, Asserts President Ramaphosa
Hacktivist Collective Anonymous Launches 'Project Disclosure' to Unearth Information on UFOs and ETIs
Typo sends millions of US military emails to Russian ally Mali
Server Arrested For Theft After Refusing To Pay A Table's $100 Restaurant Bill When They Dined & Dashed
The Changing Face of Europe: How Mass Migration is Reshaping the Political Landscape
China Urges EU to Clarify Strategic Partnership Amid Trade Tensions
The Last Pour: Anchor Brewing, America's Pioneer Craft Brewer, Closes After 127 Years
Democracy not: EU's Digital Commissioner Considers Shutting Down Social Media Platforms Amid Social Unrest
Sarah Silverman and Renowned Authors Lodge Copyright Infringement Case Against OpenAI and Meta
Why Do Tech Executives Support Kennedy Jr.?
The New York Times Announces Closure of its Sports Section in Favor of The Athletic
BBC Anchor Huw Edwards Hospitalized Amid Child Sex Abuse Allegations, Family Confirms
Florida Attorney General requests Meta CEO's testimony on company's platforms' alleged facilitation of illicit activities
The Distorted Mirror of actual approval ratings: Examining the True Threat to Democracy Beyond the Persona of Putin
40,000 child slaves in Congo are forced to work in cobalt mines so we can drive electric cars.
×