Posts Tagged ‘employment’
The government has been outsourcing public services to cut costs since the 1990s. By 2014, there were almost 60,000 oursourced workers in low-paid jobs such as cleaners and security guards. But as Varsity learns, inadequate protections lead to the widespread abuse of outsourced workers’ rights.
Many of the Korean restaurants in Tsim Sha Tsui seem very authentic, down to the servers. That’s because a lot of them are young Koreans here on a working holiday, and the number of people coming to Hong Kong on working holiday visas has gone up drastically in recent years.
Hong Kong’s ageing population means there’s a shortage of labour. Some women who put their work and careers on hold to raise their children want to get back to the workplace, but it’s not always a smooth transition.
The “sharing economy” is cutting out middlemen like modelling agencies and taxi-calling centres, and it’s drastically changing the playing field for all kinds of industries. How are consumers and the government responding?
More and more young people in Hong Kong are freelancing or starting their own businesses rather than working for a company. But the freedom of doing what you love for a living and being your own boss comes with its own set of pitfalls.
With an ageing population, Hong Kong faces a shrinking workforce. The government’s latest initiative to boost the workforce and expand the pool of talent is to appeal to the children of Hongkongers who have emigrated overseas. But does the city have what it takes to attract these second generation overseas Hongkongers, or would they prefer competitor cities like Singapore?
There is a common misunderstanding in Hong Kong that autistic people are either severely intellectually disabled or are geniuses with special talents. Either way, they tend to be labeled as freaks. However, high functioning autistic people are embraced by employers due to their loyalty, methodical approach and sensitivity to numbers.
Unions have been fighting for collective bargaining rights for Hong Kong’s workers for more than a decade. Yet the government and business sector insists that voluntary negotiations are good enough. Labour groups tell Varsity all they want is a fairer footing at the negotiating table.
With a surge in the number of PhD graduates and scarce job opportunities in academia, local PhD graduates are finding it harder to find research and teaching jobs in universities. Varsity hears how they can often be at a disadvantage to holders of overseas doctorates.
Hong Kong faces an aging population and a shrinking workforce, yet many women are deterred from rejoining the workforce and families put off having children, due to the lack of affordable and accessible childcare services. Varsity meets some of the mothers struggling to strike a balance between working and looking after their children.