Govt responds to manpower forecast

February 8, 2023

The Government will formulate a strategy and adopt a multi-pronged approach to address future manpower demands and support the continuous development of Hong Kong.


The Development Bureau made the statement in response to the Manpower Forecast for Hong Kong Construction Industry released by the Construction Industry Council, adding that the council’s forecast has not taken into account the expected effect of measures including increasing manpower supply and application of advanced construction techniques and new technologies.


The bureau said it will make reference to the forecast data and assess how to enhance manpower supply through a multi-pronged strategy including leveraging local manpower resources, enhancing training and bringing in non-local resources as necessary, as well as to reduce manpower needs through productivity uplifting measures.


The target is to present a holistic strategy for addressing the manpower needs of the construction sector by mid-2023, it added.


To attract new entrants to the industry, the bureau is working to implement the Construction Industry Joint Promotion Campaign to promote the professional image and development opportunities of the industry as well as its contribution to the community.      


The Government has injected $2.2 billion into the Construction Innovation & Technology Fund while the Development Bureau has set up a cross-departmental steering committee to co-ordinate the development of high productivity construction methods such as Modular Integrated Construction to promote the use of innovative technologies.


Noting that focus should be placed on economic development and improving people's livelihoods, the bureau said the Government should continue to invest heavily in infrastructural, land and housing projects to drive development for which human resources are essential.

Back to top