A three-day “Hong Kong International Airport (HKIA) Job Expo 2012”, co-organised by the Airport Authority Hong Kong (AAHK) and the Labour Department at the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre (HKCEC), opens today, showcasing more than 5,900 vacancies offered by over 50 companies of the airport community. It opens from 1600hrs to 2000hrs today and from 1100hrs to 1800hrs on 4 and 5 August. This is the largest industry-focused job expo co-hosted with the Labour Department in recent years.
HKIA is a major source of employment for Hong Kong. As the aviation industry continues to develop, it is in strong demand for talents of all levels. It perfectly matches the demand of Hong Kong’s employment market, especially with the additional job seekers from the two batches of senior secondary school graduates in this unique double cohort year.
The vacancies at the Job Expo cover a wide variety of job types at the airport, including cabin services, aircraft maintenance, air cargo, airport security, cleaning, baggage handling, retail sales, technician, engineering, catering and property management.
Of the positions on offer, more than half are at the low-skilled and junior entry levels. Some only require education level of Secondary 6 under the New Senior Secondary academic structure, or Secondary 7 under the old academic structure or lower. Some of the vacancies are open to job seekers without any working experience. Monthly salaries range from HK$7,000 to HK$45,000.
Secretary for Transport and Housing Professor Anthony Cheung Bing-leung, Secretary for Labour and Welfare Matthew Cheung Kin-chung and AAHK Chief Executive Officer Stanley Hui Hon-chung officiated at the opening ceremony of the job expo today.
Secretary for Transport and Housing Professor Anthony Cheung said, “The HKIA Job Expo highlights the important role played by the airport in the local labour market and also reflects the strong demand of the aviation industry for local labour.
“The future development of the aviation industry and other sectors of the Hong Kong economy is closely related and reinforces each other. It is therefore vital to maintain and enhance Hong Kong's status as an international aviation hub because it is extremely important to Hong Kong's long term development. Aviation development and in particular, airport development, concerns everyone,” added Professor Cheung.
Secretary for Labour and Welfare Matthew Cheung said, “The HKIA Job Expo 2012 has attracted over 50 companies that are providing diverse services in the Hong Kong International Airport. It is a precious opportunity that over 5,900 positions are offered to job seekers of different background and interests.”
Mr Cheung said the job expo was timely in providing not only job opportunities but useful employment-related information for the youths, noting that the Government had stepped up pre-employment training and employment services for secondary school leavers in this double cohort year.
Also speaking at the ceremony, AAHK Chief Executive Officer Stanley Hui said, “Given a buoyant job market in Hong Kong, the aviation industry is in constant demand for manpower. I believe this job expo serves as an ideal platform for our business partners to recruit right talents to cater to their operational needs.
“The prospect of the aviation industry is promising and robust. To meet the growth demand, we have started the HK$12.4-billion Midfield and West Apron developments, while planning to expand HKIA into a three-runway system. With these projects underway, the industry will continue to play a significant role in Hong Kong’s employment market, and help nurture the youth workforce in Hong Kong,” added Mr Hui.
Job seekers are also welcome to attend the 15 career talks given by some participating companies during the three-day job expo. The talks feature the latest information and career prospects about different sectors of the aviation industry, and will provide hints and tips for job seekers in navigating their career journey.