Number of Hong Kong construction workers traveling to work in Macau triples.
According to a recent report by the South China Morning Post (SCMP) the amount of non-resident laborers from Hong Kong working in the construction industry in Macau has tripled in the previous two years. This despite the fact that Hong Kong itself faces a shortage in construction workers.
4,685 registered Hong Kong construction workers were in Macau by the end of July, surging by more than 3.7 times compared to the 1,305 workers who had been registered during the same period two years ago according to statistics from the Macau police wand cited in the report.
Some Hong Kong construction workers may travel to Macau with their Hong Kong ID and work there illegally, which raises the possibility that the actual number is higher than the official number given.
According to The president of Hong Kong Construction Sub-Contractors Association Mr Lawrence Ng San-Wa, the number of construction workers traveling to Macau was only two to three percent of the 200,000 qualified workers in the construction industry.
With the chance of earning as much as a 30 percent higher wage in Macau contractors are offering a much more competitive wage than what is currently being offered here in Hong Kong.
However the number of those traveling to Macau are still only a relatively small part of the skilled workforce of construction workers in Hong Kong due in part to Macau’s tight visa restrictions on importing non-resident workers.
According to statistics previously cited by the Macau Times, the number of TNR (non-resident laborers in Macau exceeded 150,000 in June with the number being at 158,234 by the end of July.
The surge of TNR in the construction industry is the largest increase among all industries compared to the figure in June 2013, which jumped from 18,081, to 38,663 three months ago,
Workers from the mainland made up the majority of the TNR community in Macau, exceeding 100,000 for the first time by the end of July and accounting for nearly two-thirds of the registered TNR population in the city.