Summer salaries on the rise

Summer salaries on the rise

Wages for temporary jobs are up to 10 per cent higher at some companies, compared to last year

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Some local companies looking for staff this summer are offering more money to attract applicants
Some local companies looking for staff this summer are offering more money to attract applicants
Photo: Edward Wong

Companies seem to be offering up to 10 per cent higher wages for jobs this summer, compared to last year, says a survey.

One of the better-paid jobs is working as an MTR platform assistant, who directs passengers. Workers are paid HK$51 per hour and no work experience is needed, says the Young Women's Christian Association's recent survey of 40 organisations.

Another attractive job offer is in the security industry. Property management officers can earn up to HK$14,000 per month, working 12 hours a day, six days a week, if they have a security personnel permit.

Shop assistants at the herbal tea company, Hung Fook Tong, can earn HK$9,300 a month - up from HK$8,700 last year. Taipan Bakery is also paying more. It is offering HK$35 per hour - up from HK$32 last year.

Lam Yuen-ho, the association's youth employment officer, says it has been easier to find a summer job this year because there are 30 per cent more temporary positions on offer. Most jobs are in the retail and catering sectors.

Employers keen to find staff have also lowered the level of qualifications needed, and are providing relevant training to attract applicants, Lam says.

Human resources expert Alexa Chow Yee-ping says there is a shortage of people happy to work as warehouse assistants, cleaners and dishwasher, so companies are raising salaries.

This article appeared in the Young Post print edition as
Summer salaries on the rise

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