Thursday, July 24, 2014   

Tight labor market sparks concerns
(06-25 16:33)

The Labour Secretary, Matthew Cheung Kin-chung, says the government is concerned about the 'tight' labour situation in Hong Kong, especially with many large-scale infrastructure projects in the pipeline.
Responding to a question raised in Legco about how the administration would tackle issues related to an aging population and a shrinking labor force, Cheung said the community must make better use of local manpower resources.
He also said efforts had been made to encourage people to join the construction industry.
But Cheung said large projects may need more specialists -- and these workers may need to be imported from overseas.
He said the government would ensure that local employment opportunities wouldn't be affected.
Cheung stressed that the authorities would only bring in skills that are badly needed in Hong Kong. --RTHK   
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