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Creation of job opportunities in the public sector

LEGCO QUESTION NO.15

Date of sitting: 27 February 2002

Asked by: Hon CHAN Yuen-han

Replied by: SEM

Question:

Regarding the over - 30 000 job opportunities to be created in the public sector as promised in the Chief Executive's Policy Address 2001, will the Government inform this Council:

  1. of the number of jobs created so far and the number of recruits, as well as

    (i) the highest, lowest and median salaries of each group of these jobs as categorized by trade; and

  2. (ii) the highest, lowest and median ages of each group of the recruits as categorized by trade; and

  3. in view of the persistently high rate of unemployment among young people, whether, in creating the job opportunities concerned, the Administration will specifically design more jobs suitable for young people?

Reply:

Madam President:

  1. In his 2001 Policy Address, the Chief Executive announced the plan to create over 30 000 new jobs. According to the information provided by various government bureaux and departments, 2 714 jobs, including both full-time and part-time jobs, have been created as at 31 January 2001. Of these, the recruitment procedures of 2 697 posts have already been completed. Information on salary level and age range of the new recruits are set out at Annexes I and II respectively.

    Apart from the above, it is estimated that about 1 800 jobs have been created by the Works Bureau through outsourcing its works contracts. Given the complicated subcontracting system of the local construction industry, we do not have detailed information on the salary level and age range of the recruits. However, according to records of the Census and Statistics Department, the daily wages of unskilled workers are around $550 and skilled (e.g. steelbenders etc.) workers are around $1,260. The Education Department has also been creating new posts in schools through allocation of the Capacity Enhancement Grant. While it is not possible at present to confirm the actual numbers and other details of such posts created in schools, basing on past experience, we estimate that about 950 posts can be created.


  2. (b) When government departments create new posts, the main consideration would be to meet service needs. We do not create new posts simply to employ people of a particular age group. Of the new jobs created, some do not require any working experience or special skills, while the nature of others, for example peer counsellors, may be particularly suitable for young people.

    At a time when the unemployment rate is high, the lack of working experience and academic qualifications makes it more difficult for young people to seek employment. For this reason, we have been providing them with vocational training, opportunities for continuous learning and pre-employment training through various channels to enhance their competitiveness. These include the wide range of vocational training programmes run by the Vocational Training Council, the Construction Industry Training Authority and the Clothing Industry Training Authority as well as the Project Springboard, the Associate Degree programmes and other continuing education programmes offered by the tertiary institutions. For young people seeking employment, the Labour Department has launched the Youth Pre-employment Training Programme for young school leavers aged 15 to 19. The Programme provides them with appropriate pre-employment training, including on-the-job training, job search and interpersonal skills training, etc. to develop and upgrade their job skills and interpersonal skills. We will continue to improve this Programme with a view to easing the problem of youth unemployment.


 

Annex 1

Information on Salary Payment of Full-time Jobs Created
as at 31 January 2002

Monthly-rated Full-time Jobs

Industry Number of Jobs Minimum Salary ($) Maximum Salary ($) Median Salary($)
Property Management Services 255 4,500 42,000 6,800
Information Technology 5 15,000 38,000 27,500
Disciplined Services 58 13,300 13,300 13,300
Sanitary Services 1 331 4,500 15,000 5,600
Medical and Health Services 156 6,000 30,800 8,500
Social Welfare Services 200 5,000 26,100 8,500
Leisure and Cultural Services 9 9,200 50,000 18,000
Public Administration 172 8,000 159,000 16,100
Others 28 7,000 60,000-70,000 7,800
 
Total 2 214 - - -


Daily-rated Full-time Jobs

Industry Number of Jobs Minimum Salary ($) Maximum Salary ($) Median Salary($)
Sanitary Services 364 150 400 200

 

Information on Salary Payment of Part-time Jobs Created
as at 31 January 2002

Monthly-rated Part-time Jobs

Industry Number of Jobs Minimum Salary ($) Maximum Salary ($) Median Salary($)
Property Management Services 5 2,400 11,000 4,000
Sanitary Services 97 2,200 9,000 3,700
 
  102 - - -

Daily-rated Part-time Jobs

Industry Number of Jobs Minimum Salary ($) Maximum Salary ($) Median Salary($)
Sanitary Services 34 140 200 200

 

Annex 2

Information on Age Range of Full-time Employees Recruited
as at 31 January 2002

Full-time Employees

Industry Number of Jobs Minimum Age Maximum Age Median Age
Property Management Services 255 22 61 45
Information Technology 5 27 36 28
Disciplined Services 58 19 27 22
Sanitary Services 1 695 17 78 44
Medical and Health Services 156 18 60 39
Social Welfare Services 200 18 50 21
Leisure and Cultural Services 9 26 50 35
Public Administration 160 18 51 26
Others 23 18 43 22
 
Total 2 561 - - -

Note:
(1) Figures include monthly-rated and daily-rated full-time employees.
(2) Only full-time jobs with vacancies filled are included.

 

 

Information on Age Range of Part-time Employees Recruited
as at 31 January 2002

Part-time Employees

Industry Number of Jobs Minimum Age Maximum Age Median Age
Property Management Services 5 41 51 47
Sanitary Services 131 17 70 43
 
Total 136 - - -
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