Hong Kong’s new international talent list priorities 11 professions
It takes a lot to grow a global city, and Hong Kong’s new international talent list is trying to attract more qualified professionals to do just that.
“The talent list highlights specific professions needed most for Hong Kong’s economic development.” A statement by the Labour and Welfare Bureau said.
It covers 11 areas of expertise, and is applied to the Quality Migrant Admission Scheme. Furthermore, the scheme allows up to 1,000 internationals into the city even if they don’t have a job secured. The new talent lists give applicants in these 11 areas of expertise extra points, hence boosting them in the application process.
And it’s effective for now.
11 talents on the list are:
This list is not so much about enticing expats to fill Hong Kong’s current labour gaps. But there is an element of that. It’s more about attracting professionals who have experience in those areas. After all, this can quickly boost the development of a diverse and expanding economy. In addition, it will support the expanding of infrastructure.
On the other hand, there are still concerns on the country’s areas of labour shortage and the unemployment rate. Like other major cities, there’s tension between employing locals and hiring international candidates. Then, there are hopes that this list will help create a balance.
“The list is one of our major initiatives to enhance our competitive advantages. To attract international talents. The aim is to create cluster effects to stimulate the development of local talents. And also to propel Hong Kong forward.” Mentioned by Chief Secretary Matthew Cheung Kin-chung.