Gaming sector loses 2,176 workers y-o-y in Q2


As of the end of the second quarter of this year, the number of full-time employees in the gaming industry stood at 53,592, a decrease of 3.9 per cent year-on-year, with the average income also declining by 1.8 per cent, according to the latest data published by the Statistics and Census Bureau (DSEC).

Results of the Survey on Human Resource Demand and Salary in the Gaming Industry for the Second Quarter of 2022, which excludes gambling junket promoters and those who work for gaming promoter associates, shows that the number of full-time employees in the gaming sector stood at 53,592 as of the end of the first half of this year, a decrease of 2,176 staff year-on-year.

The number of dealers was 24,093, a decrease of 550 compared with the same period last year.

Meanwhile, the average salary of full-time employees in the gaming industry (excluding bonuses) in June 2022 was MOP23,270 (US$2,878), down 1.8 per cent year-on-year, while the average salary of dealers stood at MOP19,370, down 2.9 per cent year-on-year.

Only 19 job vacancies were recorded in the gaming industry at the end of the second quarter, down 37 job positions year-on-year, the DSEC survey results shows.

“The number of job vacancies has fallen to ‘almost zero’, reflecting that the demand for manpower in the gaming industry remains low due to the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic”, the statement noted.

Also, the number of newly hired employees in the gaming sector was 143 in the second quarter of 2022, with some 816 workers having resigned.

Total gross gaming revenue for the first eight months of the year stands at MOP28.8 billion (US3.58 billion), 53.4 per cent less than a year ago and just 14.5 per cent of pre-COVID January-to-August 2019.

Latest official data shows Macau’s overall unemployment rate stood at 4.1 per cent in the May-July period of 2022, the highest level since the September-November period of 2005, while the jobless rate for local residents even reached 5.4 per cent in the May-July period of 2022, the highest since such data was available in 2008.