Date
24 October 2017
University graduates in Hong Kong have seen a huge rise in the number of part-time job openings, a survey has shown. Photo: HKEJ
University graduates in Hong Kong have seen a huge rise in the number of part-time job openings, a survey has shown. Photo: HKEJ

Part-time jobs for university grads up 70% in HK, survey shows

Part-time job vacancies for university graduates were up 69.8 percent in Hong Kong in the year to date, compared to the first five months of 2014, according to a report.

As of May 6, as many as 2,227 employers has offered 41,967 full-time and part-time job positions to university graduates through the Joint Institutions Job Information System (JIJIS), a one-stop online job information system for employers and university students in the city, Ming Pao Daily reported.

The overall job vacancies, including both full-time and part-time positions, advertised represent an increase of 20.6 percent over the previous year.

However, full-time job vacancies were down 16.1 percent at 16,704, according to report. 

Vacancies for librarians or assistants fell the most, with a 72 percent decline, followed by those for customer services in retail, hotel and tourism industries (54.7 percent), it said.

Job opportunities in the education sector increased most with a rise of 29.4 percent. It was followed by the research sector, which saw an increase of 26.7 percent in job vacancies.

Alexa Chow Yee-ping, managing director of AMAC Human Resources Consultants, attributed the rise in part-time jobs to the tendency of some graduates to opt for such work as they don’t have to be bread-winners for their families.

Besides, employers in technology and design sectors usually offer part-time or contracted positions.

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