Casino positions were the most sought after amongst registered jobseekers in the first quarter of this year, followed by clerks, sales assistants, security guards, and janitors, the latest employment service data released by the Labour Affairs Bureau (DSAL) shows. Of these five types of position, the sales assistant position shows the greatest salary gap (at MOP3,125 or US$391) between employers’ offer and employees’ demand: these jobseekers would like to earn an average monthly salary at MOP10,680 as sales assistants, while employers only offered MOP7,555. Casino workers have the narrowest gap (at MOP1,761) between employers’ offer and employees’ expectations: while jobseekers would like to earn an average monthly salary of MOP16,363 as casino workers, employers were offering MOP14,602 for the position. With regard to registered recruitment, the most employed positions in the second half of last year were those of cleaners, waiters/waitresses, chefs, sales assistants and entry-level construction workers. The recruited cleaners were at the bottom of the wage ladder where they were employed at a monthly average of MOP6,880; by contrast, entry-level construction workers were offered the highest salary level of the five positions at a monthly average of MOP13,458. A total of 1,638 jobseekers approached the Labour Affairs Bureau to land a new job during the first quarter of this year, of whom 42 per cent were aged 45-59; while another 38 per cent were aged 25-44. More than half of these jobseekers had graduated from secondary school. By the end of the first quarter, the Bureau reported that 1,916 jobseekers were still searching for a recruitment match.