Work Trial Scheme: Allowance provided for work trials?
Work Trial Scheme (the Scheme) aim to enhance the employability of job seekers who have difficulties in finding jobs through one-month (30 days) full-time or part-time work trial.
- Scheme participants will be arranged to work in real jobs for one month (30 days) offered by participating organisations.
- During the work trial period, there is no employment relationship between the participant and the participating organisation.
- Participating organisation should provide on-the-job training for the participant and appoint a mentor to coach the participant during the work trial period.
- On completion of the one-month (30 days) full-time work trial, each participant will receive an allowance of up to $8,300 while the allowance for part-time work trial participant will be calculated at $49 per hour, of which $500 is contributed by the participating organisation.
- The Labour Department will take out insurance for Scheme participants.
Service sector is most supportive
Feedback from employers is encouraging. Among others, the service sector is most supportive towards the Scheme, followed by the import and export industry and the retail industry. As for the work trial posts offered, most of them are clerical support workers, elementary occupations and associate professionals. As at 31 December 2019, over 5,800 job seekers have been placed into work trials. Among those participants who have completed the one-month work trial, over 75% of them are offered employment. With effect from 1 May 2019, the amount of full-time work trial allowance has been increased from $7,600 to $8,300. The Scheme is also extended to cover part-time posts with the amount of part-time work trial allowance calculated at $49 per hour.
For enquiries, please contact the Work Trial Scheme Co-ordinating Office hotline at 2152 2090 or visit the Labour Department website.