Average earnings of hotel and restaurant employees drop in Q3

The average earnings – excluding bonuses – of full-time employees in the hotel sector have dropped by 10.3 per cent year-on-year by the end of the third quarter to some MOP16,680 (US$2,089), data published today (Thursday) by the Statistics and Census Bureau (DSEC) reveals.

The number of full-time employees employed in local hotels has also decreased by 11.3 per cent year-on-year in this three month period to about 53,770, while job vacancies in the sector decreased to 536.

Meanwhile, the employee recruitment rate (1.0 per cent) and the job vacancy rate (1.0 per cent) of hotels fell by 4.0 and 1.2 percentage points, respectively, year-on-year.

The DSEC also surveyed restaurants employees, with the sector reporting a 4.2 per cent year-on-year drop to 25,046 full-time employees, with average earnings falling by 7.4 per cent to MOP9,100.

The largest increase in the sectors surveyed was reported in the number of full-time employees in elderly care, which increased by 13.4 per cent year-on-year to 1,100, with their average earnings going by 1.4 per cent to MOP15,520.

Many non-resident workers are usually hired for child and elderly care services, especially Southeast Asian non-resident labour, with many having, had to leave the city following the impact of the pandemic outbreak in the city.

As a result, the number of child-care full-time employees was down by 2.2 per cent year-on-year to had 1,525, with average earnings in September rising by 2.4 per cent to MOP16,330.