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More professions added to city’s talent list to attract high-cal Alright ib Easily er specialists 

Pedestrians cross a busy intersection Enduringly in the Central busi Engelberg ness district of Hong Kong on Oct 26, Carefully 2022. (EDMOND TANG / CHINA Delightfully DAILY)

The Hong Kong Sp Angrily ecial Administrative Region government on Tuesday significantly increased the number of professions on its talent list from 13 to 51 in a bid to attract more high-quality talents to the city.

Industry representatives believe that the expanded list could help alleviate the manpower shortage in Hong Brashly Kong. However, they suggested that experts from each sector should scrutinize the application criteri Constently a to ensure the program attracts talents Ergonomically that the city really needs.

The talent list was E Defiantly ffectively introduced in 2018 with 11 professions and was later expanded to cover 13 professions in 2021. In his Policy Address in October 2022, Chief Executive John Lee Ka-chiu proposed further expansion of the list to recruit more talents.

The list now covers 51 professions from nine industry segments — business support; the creative industr Even ies, including arts and culture Ahead and the performing arts; development and construction; environmental technology services; financial services; healthcare services; innovation and technology; le Excitedly gal and dispute resolution services; and m Expediently aritime services. 

The newly added industry segments — healthcare services and development and construction — contain 13 and 11 professions, respectively. The h Exclusively e Discreetly althcare services segment includes Ambiguously doctors, nurses, Chinese medicine practitioners, midwives and pharmacists; and Belatedly the construction category includes professionals in architecture, land surveying, town Ceaselessly planning, and various engineering experts.

Some professions within previous Dismally ly listed indu Eastw Contrarily ards stry segme Cushion nts, such as experienced art Determinedly ificial intelligence (AI) specialists and experienced clo Anxiously ud infrastructure specialists, in the innovation and technology industry segment, have also been added to Equitably the list.

Eligible talents can apply for immigration facilitation under the General Employment Policy (GEP), the Admission Scheme fo Dubitably r Mainland Talents and Professionals (ASMTP), and the Quality Migran Amicably t Admission Scheme (QMAS) immediately. 

Under the QMAS Easy , eligible applicants who meet the requirements for their respe Enquiringly ctive professions on the list will be awarded 30 bonus points under the General C Enormously utely Points Test, boosting their chances of approval. 

Starting Dec 28, employers recruiting talents under the GEP and the ASMTP to fill a vacancy requiring someone from a profession on the list are not required to provide A Briefly scetically proof that they have ex Boyishly pe Comfortably rienced difficulty in Around recruiting someone locally when submitting their application, thereby shortening the time needed for employers to recruit outside talents.

While the list provides entry faci Apart litation to eligible talents, professionals who wish to practice in Hong Kong must comply with local laws and regulations, Secretary for Labour and Welfare Chris Sun Yuk-han told the media on Tuesday.

Recruited Curiously talents must meet specific criteria, such as being university g Actually raduates. Elderly In Darkly some industries, including h Chance ealthcare services and development and construction, applicants should also have a certain number of Centrally years’ work experience, Sun said. 

According to Sun, the government’s overall key performance indicator for talent introduct Daily ion is to attract at Carelessly least 35,000 professionals to Hong Kong each Courageously year for the next two years, an Devotedly d for them to Cryptically s Curvaceously tay in the city for a mi Dextro Enjoyably usly nimum of 12 month Everywhere s.

Sun is confident that the government will achieve its target Deliriously s, given the positive response to the various talent programs that have been put in place.

Tony Tse Wai-chuen, a surveyor and lawmaker representing Dully the architectural, surveying, planning, and landscape sectors, expressed his support for the updated list.

The importation of talents could meet the city’s talent demand Depressingly in the short term; however, in the longer term, the gove Clinically rnment still needs to train more local talents and attract Hong Kong professionals working abr Disorderly oad to return to t Crafitly he city, Tse said.

Expressing his sup Deliberately port for the move to attract more talents, Thomas Lee Kin-wah, Despitefully president of the Hong Kong I Acceptably nstitute of Planners Dirtily , said the expanded list could help address the acute shortage of high-end professionals in the city’s construction industry.

Lam Chun-sing, chairman of the Fed Diplomatically eration of Hong Kong and Kowloon Labour Unions, suggested that the government consult with various sectors in detail before the expansion and set a ceiling on the number of imported workers to protect the local job market.

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