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400,000 northwestern citizens work across districts to create additional burdens for district councilors to promote employment in the same district

2021-06-19T09:52:08.521Z

Working across districts is the normal life of Hong Kong people. At present, there are close to 400,000 working people in the northwestern New Territories. More than half of them need to work in the urban area. In disguise, they spend a long time going back and forth to the workplace.



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Written by: Zeng Fengting

2021-06-16 18:45

Last update date: 2021-06-16 18:45

Working across districts is the normal life of Hong Kong people.

At present, there are nearly 400,000 working people in the northwestern New Territories. More than half of the citizens need to work in the urban area. In disguise, they spend a long time going back and forth to the workplace, which is undoubtedly an additional burden for the working people.

The Yuen Long District Council today (16th) convened the Local Tourism, Economy, and Industry and Commerce Committee. Some district councillors believe that it is necessary to strengthen the promotion of employment opportunities in the original district and reduce the time spent on public transportation.

Working across districts is the normal life of Hong Kong people.

At present, there are nearly 400,000 working people in the northwestern New Territories, and more than half of them need to work in the urban area.

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Yuen Long District Councillor Wong Wai-yin said that most people in the district have to work across districts, not only spending a lot of time in cars, but also expensive transportation expenses.

He believes that the government needs to help citizens stay and work in the same district and encourage contractors to develop the district. At the same time, it can retain a certain percentage of local residents and ask the government to assist in employment in the district.

The Yuen Long District Council convened the Local Tourism, Economy, Industry and Commerce Committee today (16th). Some district councillors believe that it is necessary to strengthen the promotion of employment opportunities in the original district and reduce the time spent on public transportation.

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Li Guoyong believes that the offline platform of the Labour Department is immature and there are fewer channels for the public to obtain recruitment information. He hopes that more public platforms can be used, such as collaboration with other departments, in public housing and the Home Affairs Department. , Post more employment information within the Social Welfare Department to make it easier for people in need to reach it.

Zhang Xiuxian asked about the number of people receiving CSSA due to unemployment in the district under the influence of the epidemic.

The representative of the Social Welfare Department pointed out that according to data from January to May, no more than 100 people received CSSA due to unemployment on average each month.

Among them, the highest peak is 116 people, and the lowest is 64 people. Among the 4 existing offices in the district, Yuen Long West and the outskirts of the suburbs have more requests for help.

In response to the enquiry, the Labour Department stated that the prescriptions were provided to job seekers (including those in Yuen Long District) through 13 under its jurisdiction (including the Yuen Long Job Centre), three industry-based recruitment centres, the "Interactive Employment Service" website and its mobile applications, etc. Of job seekers) provide comprehensive and free employment services.

The prescription also contacts with employers in different industries (including employers in Yuen Long District), collects vacancies suitable for job seekers with different academic qualifications and work experience, organizes large-scale job fairs in different regions, and organizes large-scale job fairs in industry-based recruitment centers and job centers (including yuan Long Employment Center), held industry and regional job fairs to assist job-seekers of different backgrounds to find employment.

Job-seekers can select and apply for job vacancies that meet their needs through the "Interactive Employment Service" website, job centers, or participating in job fairs.

In response to the enquiry on the Yuen Long Industrial Estate in the submitted documents, the Planning Department replied that the Yuen Long Industrial Estate was engraved as "Others" on the "Yuen Long Zoning Plan Large Network Draft Country Number S / YL / 24" (hereinafter referred to as the large network map). "Specified Uses" indicate the "Industrial Estate" zone.

The planning intention of the above zone is mainly to provide/reserve land for the development of the Ministry of Industry for use by industrial organizations selected by the Hong Kong Science and Technology Parks Corporation according to the criteria set by the company.

Planning Department said there will be more than 220,000 job opportunities in the district

According to the Department’s population and employment data matrix based on 2016, the number of employed persons in Northwest New Territories is expected to increase from approximately 295,100 in 2021 to approximately 312,350 in 2026.

In the long run, there are many proposed large-scale development projects in the area, including Hung Shui Kiu/Ha Village New Development Area (about 150,000 job opportunities), Yuen Long South Development (about 13,630 job opportunities) and San Tin/Lok Ma Chau Development Hub (Approximately 64,000 cases), etc., will create a large number of job opportunities for the northwestern New Territories, so as to further improve the situation in the district.

The Hong Kong Science and Technology Park Corporation replied to the inquiry that as of May 2021, there are 36 companies in Yuen Long Industrial Estate engaged in various fields of production business, including pharmaceuticals, biomedicine and logistics, and the working population exceeds 5,000.

At present, the overall utilization rate of the three industrial estates in Yuen Long, Tai Po and Tseung Kwan O exceeds 90%.

The Microelectronics Center was completed two years later, providing approximately 420 jobs

The Science and Technology Park Company is developing a microelectronics center in Yuen Long Industrial Estate to provide a floor area of ​​approximately 36,180 square meters to promote smart production to absorb the production of microelectronic products and related industries, such as the development and trial production of advanced materials.

The center is expected to be completed in 2023. It will help meet the industry's demand for advanced production equipment and create nearly 420 jobs, which can generate more than 600 million yuan in added value each year.

In addition, the Science and Technology Park Company is conducting engineering and technical feasibility studies on the expansion of an industrial village on about 15 hectares of land southwest of Gongan Village, Yuen Long, and exploring the development model of the relevant land to accommodate the entry of high-tech industries.

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