Bay Area job fair in HK seeks 10,000 tal­ented re­cruits

China Daily (Hong Kong) - - FRONT PAGE - By CAR­RIE QIU in Hong Kong car­rieqiu@chi­nadai­lyhk.com

Job seek­ers in the Guang­dong-Hong Kong-Ma­cao Greater Bay Area and be­yond can check out more than 10,000 op­por­tu­ni­ties of­fered in the re­gion as Hong Kong hosts its first Bay Area-themed job fair at the end of the month.

The high­light of the “In­no­vat­ing Hong Kong — Global Tal­ent Car­ni­val” re­cruit­ment fair will be held at Asi­aWorldExpo on April 28 and 29 where more than 150 com­pa­nies from Hong Kong, the main­land and over­seas hope to at­tract more than 5,000 in­no­va­tive tal­ents.

An on­line job fair fea­tur­ing more than 1,000 com­pa­nies will be hosted at the same time, bring­ing the num­ber of va­can­cies of­fered to more than 10,000.

The car­ni­val will also fea­ture 10 sum­mit fo­rums dis­cussing op­por­tu­ni­ties the Bay Area has brought to Hong Kong in terms of pol­icy, tech­nol­ogy, econ­omy and in­no­va­tion.

Wit­man Hung Wai-man, pres­i­dent of the Hong Kong In­ter­net Pro­fes­sional As­so­ci­a­tion, said the car­ni­val will help build an in­ter­na­tional in­no­va­tive tal­ent pool in Hong Kong and is an ex­cel­lent op­por­tu­nity to at­tract world­wide in­no­va­tive tal­ents to par­tic­i­pate in Bay Area de­vel­op­ment.

Ad­dress­ing a press con­fer­ence to an­nounce the event on Sun­day, Hung also noted the Bay Area, which boasts a com­plete and com­ple­men­tary in­dus­trial chain, would help Hong Kong trans­form into an in­no­va­tion-driven econ­omy.

About 300,000 Hong Kong peo­ple work and do busi­ness on the main­land, ac­cord­ing to the most re­cent es­ti­mate re­leased by for­mer chief ex­ec­u­tive Leung Chun-ying in 2016; this is equiv­a­lent to 8 per­cent of the city’s work­ing pop­u­la­tion.

To help Hong Kong peo­ple work­ing and liv­ing on the main­land, the Hong Kong and Ma­cao Af­fairs Of­fice of the State Coun­cil has an­nounced two batches of mea­sures since Au­gust last year.

Those in­clude en­joy­ment of the main­land’s hous­ing prov­i­dent fund; those who join the fund will en­joy the same treat­ment as their main­land peers. They will be al­lowed to with­draw any re­main­ing bal­ance when they move back to Hong Kong or Ma­cao.

An­other mea­sure is con­ve­nient train-ticket pur­chases. Ticket vend­ing ma­chines that rec­og­nize the Home Re­turn Per­mit are in­stalled at ma­jor train sta­tions across the coun­try so Hong Kong and Ma­cao peo­ple no longer need to queue for counter sales.

How­ever, mem­bers of the Hong Kong pub­lic hope for fur­ther mea­sures to im­prove their lives across the bound­ary. In a Leg­isla­tive Coun­cil ques­tion and an­swer ses­sion with the gov­ern­ment last De­cem­ber, law­maker Michael Tien Puk-sun asked the spe­cial ad­min­is­tra­tive re­gion gov­ern­ment to seek tax con­ces­sions for Hong Kong peo­ple who work in the Bay Area.

At present, Hong Kong peo­ple who work on the main­land for more than 183 days in an as­sess­ment year must pay main­land per­sonal in­come tax.

In answering the ques­tion, the Con­sti­tu­tional and Main­land Af­fairs Bureau said the SAR gov­ern­ment would dis­cuss tax ar­range­ments for Hong Kong peo­ple work­ing on the main­land with rel­e­vant au­thor­i­ties.

The car­ni­val is an ex­cel­lent op­por­tu­nity to at­tract world­wide in­no­va­tive tal­ents to par­tic­i­pate in Bay Area de­vel­op­ment.”

Wit­man Hung Wai-man, pres­i­dent of the Hong Kong In­ter­net Pro­fes­sional As­so­ci­a­tion

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