As Macau’s economy has entered a period of adjustment, the Labour Affairs Bureau (DSAL) is providing a one-stop service for employees who may lose their jobs during this period. The director of DSAL, Wong Chi Hong attended the TDM radio program ‘Macau Forum’ to discuss the labor policies with the audience. The services provided by DSAL, include upholding the rights of employees and making immediate job referrals. DSAL also provides training courses depending on the employees’ academic qualifications and skills so they can obtain “relevant certificates and gain relevant skills to be able to re-enter the labor market”, Mr. Wong stated. Both non-resident workers and local workers “should receive equal amounts of work and salary”, Mr. Wong pointed out during the radio program. He said the Bureau pays attention to salary rates when assessing companies for hiring non-resident workers in order to protect the employment rights of local workers. DSAL is also assisting workers in the gaming industry to obtain maintenance licenses for job referrals Mr. Wong added. So far, DSAL has successfully assisted more than 80 employees to switch jobs within their companies. Local workers first Hiring non-resident workers can only be used to supplement a shortage of local workers Mr. Wong said during the radio program, adding that he hopes employers understand this. In addition, if employers submit false information for applications for hiring non-residents, this will be seen as a criminal act and DSAL will immediately pass the case to the Judiciary Police (PJ) to handle. Mr. Wong stressed that this situation “will not be tolerated” and DSAL will cancel all a company’s quotas for hiring non-resident workers and administrative penalties will apply to the offenders. DSAL has been sending their field inspectors and labor inspectors to construction sites to check if the non-resident workers are being legally hired and whether companies are following the legal practice standards. The inspectors will “immediately record the situation in assessment reports for future approval of non –resident workers” Mr. Wong explained. If any problems are found during the inspections, they will be “followed up strictly”. Further research on human resources in the local market will be conducted such as an analysis of the types of jobs being done by non-resident workers in the local market and the types of occupations that local residents would like to take, according to Mr. Wong. Therefore, training courses have gradually been set up, including for facility maintenance, he explained. Mr. Wong also stressed that the Bureau does not allow the injection of non-resident workers to affect the local resident market for employment and promotion opportunities. Training programs to meet the needs In line with the Macau SAR becoming a ‘World Tourism and Leisure Centre’ and to promote the development and orientation of ‘Moderate Economic Diversity’ in the city, DSAL has provided training and vocational skill certifications for local personnel in order to meet the demands of the city’s workforce, according to a press release published by DSAL on Friday. The main focus of the vocational training courses and skills testing programs is on hotels, restaurants, gaming, transportation, construction, engineering, maintenance, management of facilities, property management, personal care services and retail. This is in order to foster the economic and industrial development of the city in terms of diversity, and to address the need for diversified talents through enhancing the employability and competitiveness of local workers. In 2015, DSAL offered a total of 282 training courses with a total of 6,032 participants enrolled, of which 206 courses were completed, with 4,642 people finishing the courses, according to the official data from DSAL. As of last April, a total of 14 different types of enterprises had participated in these training programs, including gaming companies, hotels, telecommunication companies and engineering companies, with a total of 99 companies offering their staff paid training. After finishing the programs, 34 local people were newly recruited and 52 people were recruited back by their companies, and are now waiting for their employment to start, according to the press release. DSAL also deploys staff to monitor and better understand the recruitment situations in the recruitment market, and requires companies to provide the results of recruitment events. Last year, the Bureau attended a total of 55 recruitment events, which about 6,200 people attended.