The Labour Department held a job expo in Wan Chai, offering 7,000 jobs for ethnic minorities in the city.
At least 88 organizations from the catering, retail and property management industries participated in the job fair, which carried the theme “building a multi-culture workplace”, the department said.
However, it only attracted about 990 job seekers as of Wednesday, and not many of them were from the ethnic minorities, Ming Pao Daily reports.
The two-day fair, which provides on-site interpretation and support services for ethnic minorities, attracted mostly local Chinese job seekers.
Representatives of several catering companies said they were willing to employ ethnic minorities but all the applications they received were from locals.
Restaurant chain Dondonya was looking for cleaners, cooks and servers with a basic salary of HK$13,000, plus a 4 percent annual increase in wages.
Ho Ho Catering Limited is offering HK$12,000 monthly salary for cleaners. It received more than 10 applications in the morning, but all of the applicants were Chinese.
Noreen, an Indian job seeker, is looking for a short-term job as a shop assistant.
She said she has sent out many application letters but have yet to receive a reply. She went to the job expo to try her luck.
She said job seekers could better understand the jobs on offer if the staff at the booths were also from ethnic minorities.
Company representatives said most ethnic minorities in Hong Kong are not interested in attending job expos and they prefer to get job referrals from relatives and friends.
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