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YETP Summer Recruitment Parades (First Round) - Public Services Recruitment Day

The Youth Employment and Training Programme (YETP) of the Labour Department will organise the “Public Services Recruitment Day”. Labour Department and Education Bureau will provide employment opportunities to YETP trainees and interested young people by offering 30 on-the-job training vacancies of Administrative Assistant and Employment Services Ambassador (General), which do not require any related academic qualification or work experience. YETP trainees and interested young people may apply for the job and attend interview on-the-spot. Successful applicants will undergo on-the-job training with pay for the first 6 months of employment. Trainees are eligible for a retention allowance of $3,000 if they are engaged in full-time on-the-job training for 3 months and an additional $1,000 for completion of each subsequent month. For part-time on-the-job training, the respective amounts grantable will be halved. For details of retention allowance application, please visit the YETP website. A 16GB USB memory stick will be offered on site to YETP Trainees and job seekers eligible for YETP. 【Limited Offer】Applicants who successfully apply for YETP in specified period will get a coffee gift card.  

Courses in Y.E.S. (Mong kok) in May 2022

Courses in Y.E.S. (Mong Kok) in May 2022 are now open for application.- Gone Are Your Errors! The Magic Wand to Enhance Your Accuracy and Problem-solving (Online)(5/2022)- Pastel Nagomi Art in May: FUNDAY - Theme: May/Sky/Moonlight (5/2022)- Learning to Be Meticulous Series: Using To-Do Lists to Boost Performance (5/2022)- A Tactical Guide to Joining the Civil Service-Assistant Clerical Officer/Clerical Assistant (5/2022)- “Making Use of Your Brain”: The Memory Learning Competition (5/2022)- The Job Search Journey: Preparing for the Interview Room (5/2022)Apply: 2111 8533*All young people aged between 15 and 29 who legally work and reside in Hong Kong may apply to become Y.E.S. members. And the members can join the courses free. Please visit the website www.e-start.hk or the Y.E.S. mobile application.

Sign Language Foundation Course

Sign language is conveying meaning through hand gestures, body movements, and facial expressions. Different types of sign language are used around the world, and Hong Kong has a distinctive sign language culture too. Learning sign language will enable you to communicate more effectively with people of different needs. Being proficient in sign language will enable you to work in a sign language-related job. Whether you are working currently, exploring new career options, or if you are still a student, you can pick up sign language and acquire a new skill.

Subscribe Hong Kong Public Holiday iCal 2022 to your electronic calendar!

From now on you can save time in adding public holidays to your electronic calendar!  1823 Online has prepared the Hong Kong Public Holidays calendar in iCal format for your use! iCal, short form of iCalendar, is a common file format used for sharing calendar data. iCal is compatible with most of the current calendar program.1823 Online currently provides data of HK public holidays for 2020-2022. For new users, public holidays for 2020-2022 will be shown in your calendar after subscribing to our iCal. For users who have already subscribed to our iCal, your mobile devices will automatically update the information of public holidays for 2019-2021 to information of 2020-2022 after synchronisation. >>>Click here to susbcribe Hong Kong Public Holiday iCal 2021 to your electronic calendar! A statutory holiday is not equivalent to public holidayThe Employment Ordinance does not require an employer to grant leaves on public holidays to his/her employees.  In Hong Kong, in addition to Sundays, there are 17 public holidays, but the number of statutory holidays is only 12.  Public holidays such as Good Friday, the day following Good Friday, Easter Day, the Buddha's Birthday and the day following Christmas Day are not statutory holidays. Please click here for more details of statutory holidays and public holidays. The 13 statutory holidays for 2022 are:1. The first day of January - 1 January (Saturday)2. Lunar New Year’s Day - 1 February (Tuesday)3. The second day of Lunar New Year - 2 February (Wednesday)4. The third day of Lunar New Year - 3 February (Thursday)5. Ching Ming Festival - 5 April (Tuesday)6. Labour Day - 1 May (Sunday)7. The Birthday of the Buddha* - 8 May (Sunday)8. Tuen Ng Festival - 3 June (Friday)9. Hong Kong Special Administrative Region Establishment Day - 1 July (Friday)10. The second day following the Chinese Mid-Autumn Festival - 12 September (Monday)11. National Day - 1 October (Saturday)12. Chung Yeung Festival - 4 October (Tuesday)13. Chinese Winter Solstice Festival or Christmas Day (at the option of the employer) - 22 December (Thursday) or 25 December (Sunday)(*The Employment (Amendment) Ordinance 2021 will come into operation on 1 January 2022. The first newly added statutory holiday is the Birthday of the Buddha on 8 May 2022.)The day following the Chinese Mid-Autumn Festival falls on a SundayAccording to the Employment Ordinance, in the event that the day following the Chinese Mid-Autumn Festival falls on a Sunday, the day thereafter (i.e. the 17th day of the eighth month of the lunar calendar) is designated as a statutory holiday in substitution. As the day following the Chinese Mid-Autumn Festival of 2022 falls on a Sunday, 12 September (Monday) will be designated as a statutory holiday. Please visit the website of Labour Department for more details.

How to define myself as "employee" or "contractor or self-employed person"?

To avoid misunderstanding or dispute, the relevant persons should understand clearly their mode of cooperation according to their intention and clarify their identities, whether they are engaged as an employee or a contractor/self-employed person, before entering into a contract. This can safeguard mutual rights and benefits.Employees should note-  An employee should identify who his employer is before entering into an employment contract.- Before an employee considers changing his status to a contractor or self-employed person, he must cautiously assess the pros and cons involved, including the employment rights and benefits that he may lose in such a change.- An employer should not unilaterally change the status of his employee to a contractor or self-employed person without the consent of the employee.- A contractor or self-employed person should consider taking out a personal accident insurance policy with adequate coverage on his own. There is no one single conclusive test to distinguish an “employee” from a “contractor or self-employed person”. In differentiating these two identities, all relevant factors of the case should be taken into account. Please visit Labour Department website for more details. And the actual circumstances in each case are different, the final interpretation will rest with the court in case of a dispute. For the reference court cases, please click here for more details. If an employer fails to fulfil his obligations under the relevant legislation, the employee may call the Labour Department complaint hotline at 2815 2200 (information will be handled in confidence), or seek assistance in person at the offices of the Labour Relations Division of the Labour Department. For further enquiries about the differences between an “employee” and a “contractor or selfemployed person”, you may- Call the enquiry hotline: 2717 1771 (the hotline is handled by “1823”)- Visit the offices of the Labour Relations Division of the Labour Department (Click here for the addresses of the Offices)

Register for Job Alert!

Q: How to register the Job Alert? A: After successful Registration at the Interatcive Emplotment Service (iES) website, you can register for Job Alert service under "my home" to receive regular email notice which contains the most updated job vacancy information matching your job search criteria. Apart from that, you may use the employment services offered by the Labour Department. These include: - Save your job search criteria to receive a job list under "my home" which contains vacancies matching your job search criteria every time when you login iES website; - If you have chosen to receive information on employment services/ recruitment activities of the Labour Department upon registration, the system will notify you of such activities through e-mail or SMS. - Services of the Telephone Employment Service Centre [Telephone Hotline : 29690888]; - Employment services of the job centres throughout the territory;

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.The Scheme- 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 supportiveFeedback 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.

Susbcribe Hong Kong Public Holiday iCal 2021 to your electronic calendar!

The 12 statutory holidays for 2021 are:1. The first day of January - 1 January (Friday)2. Lunar New Year’s Day - 12 February (Friday)3. The second day of Lunar New Year - 13 February (Saturday)4. The fourth day of Lunar New Year - 15 February (Monday)5. Ching Ming Festival - 4 April (Sunday)6. Labour Day - 1 May (Saturday)7. Tuen Ng Festival - 14 June (Monday)8. Hong Kong Special Administrative Region Establishment Day - 1 July (Thursday)9. The day following the Chinese Mid-Autumn Festival - 22 September (Wednesday)10. National Day - 1 October (Friday)11. Chung Yeung Festival - 14 October (Thursday)12. *Chinese Winter Solstice Festival - 21 December (Tuesday) or Christmas Day - 25 December (Saturday)(*at the option of the employer)The third day of the Lunar New Year falls on a SundayAccording to the Employment Ordinance, when either Lunar New Year's Day, the second day of the Lunar New Year or the third day of the Lunar New Year falls on a Sunday, the fourth day of the Lunar New Year is designated as a statutory holiday in substitution. As the third day of Lunar New Year of 2021 falls on a Sunday, the fourth day of Lunar New Year will be designated as a statutory holiday. Please visit Labour Department website for more details. A statutory holiday is not equivalent to public holidayThe Employment Ordinance does not require an employer to grant leaves on public holidays to his/her employees.  In Hong Kong, in addition to Sundays, there are 17 public holidays, but the number of statutory holidays is only 12.  Public holidays such as Good Friday, the day following Good Friday, Easter Day, the Buddha's Birthday and the day following Christmas Day are not statutory holidays. Please click here for more details of statutory holidays and public holidays. >>>Click here to susbcribe Hong Kong Public Holiday iCal 2021 to your electronic calendar!