Hong Kong developers lobby for more imported labour

The chairman of Hong Kong’s Real Estate Developers Association’s executive committee, Stewart Leung Chi Kin, said they were writing to the government this week to urge relaxing rules on imported labour, arguing that this was a move to keep rising construction costs in check against the backdrop of labour shortages in the city, South China Morning Post has reported. Hong Kong’s labour shortage in the construction sector has been intensified by the competition for manpower with Macau. Ongoing Cotai casino-resort projects and infrastructure projects being built here has resulted in some skilled workers being lured from Hong Kong to Macau for higher pay. By the end of July, there were 4,685 registered Hong Kong workers on Macau construction sites, more than triple the 1,305 workers registered in July 2012, Human Resources Office data shows.