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About 80pct of gaming workers worried about employment prospects – Study

A study conducted by the Macau Gaming Enterprises Staff Association, linked to the Macao Federation of Trade Unions (FAOM), indicates that about 80 per cent of local gaming workers are worried about the future of their job position.

The association carried out 611 surveys of employees in the sector and compared the result to a previous study conducted during to the same period last year, assessing that there has been an increase of 20 percentage points in the number of employees concerned with their future prospects.

The main concern relates to possible dismissals and the extension of their unpaid leave regime, with people with more than 10 years in the sector were those who revealed that they felt most insecure.

Several local gaming workers have been placed under no-paid leave or reduced paid leave arrangements with employers as gaming operators await for a recovery of the sector.

However, at the same time, there was still a decrease in the percentage of workers who expressed a desire to change jobs when compared to last year.

The local unemployment rate has increased steadily since January of this year due to the economic impact of the Covid-19 pandemic, with the general unemployment rate and the unemployment rate of local residents for the third quarter of this year reaching, 2.9 per cent and 4.1 per cent, respectively.

The largest reduction in employees was reported in the Gaming & Junket Activities and Real Estate & Business Activities sectors, according to the Statistics and Census Bureau (DSEC) data.