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