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Hong Kong Representative:
Fred Wu
Careers and Employability Consultant

October 2023 Hong Kong Report

1. Employment Situation of Graduates of Full-time UGC-funded Programmes by Level of Study, 2021/22 (as at 31.12.2022)

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2. Unemployment rate: 2.8%

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3. Top 100 Universities in the World (According to the QS World University Rankings 2024)

4. Career Planning Workshop for Secondary School Students

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July 2023 Hong Kong Report

A. Labour Force, Employment and Unemployment

Hong Kong’s unemployment rate drops to 3.0%

B. Hong Kong’s talent attraction scheme

To attract more high-quality talent to come and meeting Hong Kong's development needs.


InvestHK offers a wide range of complimentary, customised, and confidential services to help support businesses and individuals who settle in Hong Kong, including:

  • Advice on work visa applications, employment and tax issues
  • Advice on housing, co-working spaces, healthcare, education, and social networking in Hong Kong
  • Recommendations for suitable career opportunities and talent-matching with recruitment specialists
  • Advice on acquiring support from HKSAR government funding schemes
  • Assistance with identifying appropriate incubation and acceleration programmes


  • Talent List Hong Kong
  • Healthcare Services
  • Development and Construction
  • Innovation and Technology
  • Financial Services
  • Maritime Services
  • Maritime Services
  • Creative Industries, Arts and Culture, Performing Arts
  • Legal and Dispute Resolution Services
  • Business Support


C. Article to share:

In a survey of a total of 877 university undergraduates in Hong Kong. Five reasons to do an internship:

(1) gaining a better understanding of the workplace culture (51.9%);

(2) creating a more attractive resume (51.0%)

(3) applying knowledge in an actual work context (44.7%)

(4) exploring career development (44%)

(5) learning beyond the classroom

Youth Research Centre. (2020). Enriching students’ internship experiences in the next normal.

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November 2022 Hong Kong Report


Hong Kong’s unemployment rate drops to 4.1%

Looking for Talents

Over the past two years, the local workforce shrank by about 140 000.

  • launch the Top Talent Pass Scheme for a period of two years.
  • Eligible talents will include individuals whose annual salary reached HK$2.5 million or above in the past year, and
  • individuals graduated from the world's top 100 universities with at least three years of work experience over the past five years.
  • These two categories of talents will be issued a two-year pass for exploring opportunities in Hong Kong and are not subject to any quota.
  • Individuals who graduated from the world's top 100 universities in the past five years and have yet to fulfil the work experience requirement will also be eligible, subject to an annual quota of 10 000. The scheme will be reviewed after the first year of implementation;

Career development workshop

  • Activity: Career planning & industry sharing
  • Date: 20 September 2022
  • Participants: around 130 secondary school students

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August 2022 Hong Kong Report

A. COVID-information

  • Confirmed case per day: around 4500 cases
  • Population with 1st dose: 93.0%
  • Population with 2nd dose: 89.6%
  • Population with 3rd dose: 67.6%

B. Employment market

Hong Kong's latest unemployment rate dropped to 5.1 percent as the city's labor minister expected the market to further improve following relaxed Covid curbs and distribution of the second HK$5,000 consumption voucher.

C. Employment Situation of Graduates of Full-time UGC-funded Programmes by Level of Study, 2020/21

D. Other  

  • A local enterprise piloted 4.5-Day Work Week This Summer

  • Some companies allowed their employees to work from home 1 or 2 days per week

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February 2022 Hong Kong Report


  • Population: 7394.7 (Mid-year 2021 number ‘000)
  • Unemployment rate: 3.9 (10/2021 - 12/2021)
  • GDP: +4.8 (Q4 2021)


  • Population with 1st Vaccine Dose: 5,348,686 (79.4%)
  • Population with 2nd Vaccine Dose: 4,810,574 (71.4%)
  • Population with 3rd Vaccine Dose: 954,018
  • Population Aged 5-11 with 1st Vaccine Dose: 12,302(3.0%)
  • Confirmed cases: 13,829
  • Hospitalized: 1,103
  • Death:213


  • Hong Kong is situated at the south-eastern tip of the mainland of China, with a total area of about
  • 1 110.2 square kilometres covering Hong Kong Island, Kowloon, and the New Territories and Islands.

Land area of Hong Kong

Sq. km (as of Year 2020)

Hong Kong Island




New Territories and Islands



1 110.2


Year 2020


Number ('000)



3 416.3



4 065.5



7 481.8


Mid-year population by age group

Year 2020

Age Group

Number ('000)


Under 15



15 - 34

1 690.2


35 - 64

3 550.5


65 and over

1 371.8



7 481.8


Labour force by age group

Year 2020

Age Group

Number ('000)


Under 15



15 - 34

1 876


35 - 64

1 614


65 and over




3 888


Distribution of Composite Employment Estimates by industry section

Industry section

2020 (%)



Electricity and gas supply


Water supply; sewerage, waste management and remediation services




Import and export trade






Transportation, storage, postal and

courier services


Accommodationand food services


Information and communications


Financing and insurance


Real estate


Professional, scientific and

technical services


Administrative and support services


Public administration




Human health and social work services


Arts, entertainment and recreation


Other social and personal services




All industry sections


Total employment ('000)

3 653.8

Statistics on Students of Programmes Funded through the University Grants Committee

According to the information of the Census and Statistics Department, the proportion of Hong Kong population who have attained higher education continues to increase over the years. By 2018, nearly a quarter of the population aged 15 and over was educated to first degree level or above.

The University Grants Committee (UGC) is a non-statutory body which advises the Government of the Special Administrative Region on the funding and strategic development of higher education in Hong Kong. This article presents and analyses the statistics on university students of programmes funded through the UGC after the implementation of the New Academic Structure from 2012/13 academic year.

The UGC, established in 1965, advises the Government on the funding allocation to its funded universities and offers impartial and respected expert advice to the Government on the strategic development of higher education in Hong Kong. The Administration and the UGC adopt a triennial planning cycle in determining the recurrent funding for the UGC-funded sector, which provides the much needed certainty of funding over a three-year period. For each triennium, the UGC engages in a substantive process of discussion with the universities on their Planning Exercise Proposals (PEPs) and student number targets. Subject to a predetermined Cash Limit from the Administration for the entire sector, the UGC will then make triennial funding recommendations for the 8 UGC-funded universities to the Chief Executive, reflecting the indicative student number targets and the approved PEPs as settled with the universities. The recommendations, after deliberated upon within the Administration, will be put to the LegCo Panel on Education for consultation, and to the Finance Committee for endorsement of the financial implications.

At present, there are 8 universities in Hong Kong funded through the UGC:

  • City University of Hong Kong
  • Hong Kong Baptist University
  • Lingnan University
  • The Chinese University of Hong Kong
  • The Education University of Hong Kong
  • The Hong Kong Polytechnic University
  • The Hong Kong University of Science and Technology
  • The University of Hong Kong


Hong Kong has 22 degree-awarding higher education institutions, including:

  • Caritas Institute of Higher Education
  • Centennial College
  • Chu Hai College of Higher Education
  • City University of Hong Kong (1)
  • Gratia Christian College
  • HKCT Institute of Higher Education
  • Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts (2)
  • Hong Kong Baptist University (1)
  • Hong Kong Metropolitan University
  • Hong Kong Nang Yan College of Higher Education
  • Hong Kong Shue Yan University
  • Lingnan University (1)
  • Technological and Higher Education Institute of Hong Kong, Vocational Training Council
  • The Chinese University of Hong Kong (1)
  • The Education University of Hong Kong (1)
  • The Hang Seng University of Hong Kong
  • The Hong Kong Polytechnic University (1)
  • The Hong Kong University of Science and Technology (1)
  • The University of Hong Kong (1)
  • Tung Wah College
  • UOW College Hong Kong
  • Yew Chung College of Early Childhood Education


(1) – University Grants Committee-funded universities

(2) – publicly-funded institution

Secondary School Education

In the 2021/22 school year, there are 591 primary schools, 508 secondary day schools and 63 special schools.

The Government's policy objectives are to:

  • provide 12 years' free primary and secondary education to all children through public sector schools. In addition, the Government provides full subvention for full-time courses run by the Vocational Training Council for Secondary 3 leavers to offer an alternative free avenue for senior secondary students outside mainstream education;
  • provide a balanced and diversified school education that suits the different needs of students to enable them to develop knowledge, positive values and attitudes as well as generic skills and become responsible citizens, and to prepare them for further studies or work to make contributions to Hong Kong and the nation;
  • enable students to become proficient in biliterate and trilingual communication;
  • enhance teaching quality and effectiveness in learning;
  • improve the learning and teaching environment;
  • provide students with special educational needs (SEN) with education services to develop their potentials to the full;
  • help newly-arrived children (including newly-arrived children from the Mainland, non-Chinese speaking children and returnee children) integrate into the local community and overcome learning difficulties; and
  • enhance the quality, flexibility and accountability of school administration.

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