The Guangdong-Hong Kong-Macao Greater Bay Area ("GBA") creates huge development opportunities for Hong Kong enterprises and young people. The Government of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region launched the pilot Greater Bay Area Youth Employment Scheme ("the Scheme") in 2021 and encouraged enterprises with businesses in both Hong Kong and the Mainland cities of GBA to employ university graduates from Hong Kong and station them to work in the GBA Mainland cities. In view of the favourable feedback received from the participating enterprises and graduates as reflected in the evaluation study on the pilot Scheme, the HKSAR Government decided to regularise the Scheme from 2023.
The Scheme commences now. Any Hong Kong residents who are awarded bachelor's degrees or above by universities/ tertiary institutions locally or outside Hong Kong in 2021 to 2023 and lawfully employable in Hong Kong are eligible for the Scheme.
The participating enterprises shall engage the eligible graduates under the Hong Kong Law, offering them a monthly salary of not less than HK$18,000 and shall station the graduates in GBA to work and receive on-the-job training. The HKSAR Government will provide a monthly allowance of HK$10,000 to the enterprises for each hired graduate for up to 18 months.
The application period of the Scheme has been extended to 31 December 2023 to enable more enterprises and young people to join the Scheme.