Manpower is Hong Kong's most treasured asset. The
Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (HKSAR) Government aims
to ensure that there is a dynamic, well-motivated, adaptable and
skilful workforce contributing to Hong Kong's economic competitiveness.
Hong Kong is going through a challenging period
of economic transformation and employment shift. The new Economic
and Employment Council, chaired by the Financial Secretary, comprises
33 non-official members drawn from the Legislative Council, the
business, labour and academic sectors as well as directors of relevant
bureaux. The Council meets regularly to advise the Government on
the development and implementation of policies and initiatives to
promote economic activities, encourage inward investment, facilitate
business, and create employment opportunities.
Since 2000, the Government has created a number
of temporary jobs in the public sector to help the unemployed enter/re-enter
the labour market and meet operational needs. In 2004, some 11 700
temporary jobs were extended. Many of these jobs were suitable for
workers with less education, low skills and limited work experience.
Meanwhile, the Government has continued to offer
extra help to enhance the employability of the more vulnerable groups
in the community. To this end, the Labour Department has introduced
a package of market-oriented employment initiatives such as the
Youth Pre-employment Training Programme, the Youth Work Experience
and Training Scheme, the Youth Self-employment Support Scheme, the
Re-employment Training Programme for the Middle-Aged and the Special
Incentive Allowance Scheme for Local Domestic Helpers. Job fairs
are staged and enhanced job matching services are provided to assist
those in need to enter/re-enter the labour market.
During the year, the Employees Retraining Board
offered over 118 000 training places to assist eligible workers,
especially those who were displaced or unemployed, to re-enter the
At the same time, the Government recognises the
need to promote good employer-employee relations, enhance the rights
and benefits of employees in a way commensurate with Hong Kong's
socio-economic development, and protect the safety and health of
employees at work.