A total of 176,889 non-resident workers were exercising their professions in the MSAR as at the end of August, a slight drop compared to the 176,839 recorded in July, according to official data released by the Labour Affairs Bureau (DSAL).
Compared to the same period last year, the number of non-residents fell 2.9 per cent.
By industry, there was a total of 31,010 non-resident workers employed in the construction industry, a plunge of 25 per cent when compared to the 41,470 workers registered in the same month last year.
Of the total number of non-resident construction workers hired, 1,035 were employed directly by gaming operators, according to the DSAL information.
Industries related to hotels and restaurants hired the largest amount of foreign labourers, at 50,116 workers, making up 28.3 per cent of total non-resident labour. The number of workers involved in the hotel and restaurants sector experienced a slight increase of 67 workers month-on-month and an increase of 1.5 per cent, or 745 more workers than in August 2016.
Regarding the culture, entertainment, gaming and other activities sector, the number of workers employed as at the end of August was 13,565, a decline of 105 workers year-on-year and 6 workers month-on-month.
Meanwhile, 20,536 non-residents were engaged in the wholesale and retail trade business in the month, up 5.9 per cent year-on-year. Those involved in the real estate or other industrial and commercial services sectors amounted to 19,347, an increase of 4.9 per cent year-on-year.
The city had some 26,249 domestic workers as at the end of August, an increase of 7.7 per cent year-on-year.
In total, 111,729 non-resident workers originating from the Mainland were working in the city as at the end of August, accounting for 63.2 per cent of the total number of non-resident workers employed in the city. When compared to last year’s data, the number of Chinese workers fell by 5.3 per cent. The majority of mainland Chinese labourers were engaged in either hotels and restaurants or the construction sector.
The second largest nationality represented was that of the Philippines, with 27,788 labourers in August originating from the country, compared to 25,690 last year; the majority were working in the domestic sector.
On the other hand, the city saw a slump of 23.5 per cent year-on-year in the number of Hong Kong workers, from 6,930 in 2016 to 5,298 this year. According to DSAL data, the majority of Hong Kong workers, 2,036, were engaged in the construction sector.