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HK’s young turn to GBA cities in hunt for jobsthe

WITH the local job market under great pressure due to a sluggish economy hit hard by pandemic, more young people in Hong Kong have turned to Chinese mainland cities of the Guangdong-Hong Kong-Macau Greater Bay Area to realize their ambitions and dreams.

Graduating from a US university last year, a job seeker surnamed Lam, who majored in media and communications, has submitted her resume to several companies in Hong Kong over the past months, with few replies.

But a recent career fair brought her new hope.

She found herself qualified for mul­tiple job vacancies from marketing to advertising and has decided to seize the opportunity in mainland cities of the Greater Bay Area.

The job fair was held under the Greater Bay Area Youth Employment Scheme in­troduced by the government of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region.

The scheme came as part of the effort of the government to ease a worsening unemployment situation and encourage youth to pursue a career in vibrant main­land markets.

Secretary for Labor and Welfare Law Chi-kwong of the HKSAR government said young people will accumulate more experience and broaden their horizon by working on the mainland, as well as gain a deep understanding of the develop­ment of the nation.

Under the scheme, businesses are pay­ing new graduates to work in mainland cities of the Greater Bay Area a month­ly salary of no less than HK$18,000 (USS$2,300).

The government will subsidize the em­ployers by HK$10,000 a month for every graduate they hire.

The scheme has gained warm response from job seekers.

Over the three months since the scheme was launched on January 8, 275 businesses, including the Bank of China (Hong Kong) and the Hong Kong and China Gas Company, have offered over 2,000 job vacancies covering a wide range of areas from finance to education.

Almost 6,000 people have applied.

The salary is very attractive, said a job applicant surnamed Chow, who gradu­ated in 2019 with a major of marketing.

While finding a job is difficult for college graduates in Hong Kong due to the dual blows of social unrest and the COVID-19 epidemic, neighboring mainland cities in the Greater Bay Area are developing rapidly and can create good job opportunities, Chow said, add­ing that he aims to find a job in a tech startup.

Another job hunter surnamed Leung, who majored in finance, was also optimistic about the mainland markets.

Having received an offer from a local business, Leung said if hired under the scheme, he will give up the job opportu­nity in Hong Kong and choose to work in the mainland, where opportunities are better.

Young Hong Kong people have lan­guage advantages and global vision, and so are being chased by mainland employers.

Mainland jobs come with benefits such as transport subsidies and tax breaks.

“With a gross domestic product of nearly US$1.7 trillion, the Greater Bay Area is one of our country’s most open and vibrant regions and has great poten­tial,” Law said, adding the government will continue to help young people pur­sue a career in mainland cities of the Greater Bay Area.


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