Date
24 September 2017
The construction industry is offering the highest average entry salary of HK$17,000 per month. Photo: COD Newsroom @ flicker.com
The construction industry is offering the highest average entry salary of HK$17,000 per month. Photo: COD Newsroom @ flicker.com

The best of times for newly minted HK graduates

This may be the best time to be a new tertiary graduate in Hong Kong.

Core Search managing director Alison Chang said employers, particularly those in banking and retailing, are keen to inject new blood into their companies.

Although employers gave graduate interviewees low scores in a survey in April for business etiquette, communication skills and punctuality, “banks and retailers will hire almost anyone who interviews for vacancies as cashiers, administrative clerks, or sales,” Chang said in a report of the Hong Kong Economic Times. 

The survey, conducted by human resources platform CTHR.hk, canvassed 205 employers, more than half of which hired new graduates last year.

Employers complained of interviewees trying to shake hands while glued to the chair and some arriving a week late for a scheduled interview. With unemployment at 3.1 percent, some graduates don’t value job opportunities, Chang said.

But, about 80 percent of the surveyed employers were satisfied with the work of their graduate hires, saying they are very willing to learn.

Small and medium-sized companies are generally offering graduates about HK$14,000 a month, while some mainland-backed brokers are offering HK$40,000 per month, the report said, adding the construction industry offers the highest average entry salary of HK$17,000 per month.

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