Hong Kong

Employment

The employee and employer agree on a contract (whether it is written or oral) where it discusses salary and other benefits offered by the employer. It is an open-ended contract.

Payroll

Employees are paid on monthly basis. The wages must be no later 7 days after they are due. The due date is decided between the employer and employee.

HR & Labor

Regular work day is from 9 am until 6 pm. The workweek is usually 5.5 days, Saturdays being a half day. Employees working 18 hours continuously in 4 consecutive weeks receive one rest day per week.
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Employers are prohibited to hire anyone under 15 years old. Employees between ages of 15-18 are not allowed to work more than 48 hours per week and 8 hours per day.

Immigration

Working visa is required for the non-nationals. Visa must be obtained prior to entering Hong Kong and local company must sponsor the employee. The sponsoring company is responsible for the employee during the length of his/her stay.

Benefits

Employees receive bonuses during Chinese New Year.

Minimum Wage

The minimum wage is HK$32.50.

Public Holidays

July 1: Special Administration Region Day
October 1: National Day
October 2: National Day Holiday
October 5: Day after mid Autumn Festival
October 28: Chung Yeung Festival
December 25: Christmas Day
December 26: Boxing Day

January 1: New Years Day
February 16-19: Chinese New Year
March 30: Good Friday
March 31: The day following Good Friday
April 2: Easter Monday
April 5: Ching Ming Festival
May 1: Labor Day
May 22: The Buddhas Birthday
June 18: Dragon Boat Festival
July 1: Special Administration Region Day
July 2: Special Administration Region Day Holiday
September 25: Day after mid Autumn Festival
October 1: National Day
October 17: Chung Yeung Festival
December 25: Christmas Day
December 26: Boxing Day

Pension Fund & Social Security

Both the employee and the employer (when covered by the MPF system) each contribute 5% of the employee's relevant income to an MPF scheme, subject to minimum and maximum relevant income levels.

Monthly relevant income (employer contribution):
Less than $7,100 - relevant income x 5%
$7,100 - $30,000 - relevant income x 5%
More than $30,000 - $1,500

Monthly relevant income (employee contribution):
Less than $7,100 - no contribution required
$7,100 - $30,000 - relevant income x 5%
More than $30,000 - $1,500

Severance Payments

The amount of the severance payment is decided by the Employment Ordinance. It is calculated by multiplying the employee’s last month’s wages and the period of employment in the company.

Advance Notice

Advance notice is one month.

Termination Procedure

One month notice. However, the employer can offer a payment in lieu of notice. The amount of the payment is the number of days in the notice period and multiplied by the average wage of the employee.

Sick Days

Employer is responsible for paying 80% of the regular employee wages to the sick employee after they have been out for 4 days.

Employees accumulate 2 paid sick day per month during their first year of employment and 4 days per month after the first year.

Vacation Days

Legal minimum is 7 days, depending on the employer. The average vacation days offered is 15 days per year.

Expat Benefits

Various companies in Hong Kong offer expatriates packages such as matching the salary in their home country,adjusting the cost of living and other personal allowances. Assistance with children’s education fees is also a common benefit for expats.

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