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Some 18,000 applications received for GBA jobs scheme

This undated photo shows an aerial view of Shenzhen, Guangdong province. (PHOTO / VCG VIA CHINADAILY.COM.CN)

HONG KONG – More than 18,000 applications have been filed for the Greater Bay Area Youth Employment Scheme by the end of June, according to estimates by the Hong Kong government.

Since the launch of the scheme in early January, a total of 2,887 jobs have been offered by 377 enterprises to Hong Kong’s graduates who have received a bachelor’s degree or a higher qualification between 2019 and 2021

Since the launch of the scheme in early January, a total of 2,887 jobs have been offered by 377 enterprises to Hong Kong’s graduates who have received a bachelor’s degree or a higher qualification between 2019 and 2021.

More than 300 of the successful applicants have started their employment in the Bay Area, according to the government.

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Under the scheme, the HKSAR government will grant a monthly allowance of HK$10,000 (US$1289.4) to enterprises for each graduate employed for up to 18 months.

Participating enterprises should provide a monthly salary of no less than HK$18,000 to the youngsters hired.

On Monday, the latest batch of graduates who have joined the scheme left Hong Kong for Shenzhen on a bus arranged by the SAR government. They will undergo a 14-day hotel quarantine as required by Guangdong authorities before they start their work.

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Each Hong Kong graduate hired under the program will also receive 1,000 yuan (US$155) from the Guangdong provincial government as living expenses, according to a document submitted to the Legislative Council by Hong Kong’s Labor Department.