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Hong Kong (City) - Employment


A Hong Kong government study indicates that the fastest growing sectors in Hong Kong are finance, insurance, real estate and business services. Other sectors experiencing good growth are transport, storage, and communications. IT professionals and Native English-Language Teachers are in constant great demand. Check out the Thursday and Saturday editions of newspapers that have expanded classified sections.

Some foreigners are finding it harder to obtain a Hong Kong work permit. Foreigners wishing to work in Hong Kong must demonstrate that they have a special skill. Either that or the company hiring the foreigner must demonstrate that it cannot find a qualified candidate for the position in Hong Kong. Many expatriates gain their Hong Kong work permits by way of transfer from another country within the same company.

All employees are entitled to public holidays. Domestic helpers are also entitled to the 12 statutory public holidays.

Recently, a Mandatory Provident Fund (MPF) was introduced in Hong Kong. All employees are required to contribute a percentage of their salary to MPF, which will be invested and repaid to expatriates (plus/minus gains or losses) when expatriates leave Hong Kong permanently. For more information on the mandatory provident fund, visit www.info.gov.hk.



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