Introduction of “Designated Workers for Designated Skills”
On 1 April 2017 a new provision known as “designated workers for designated skills” will be implemented in Hong Kong’s construction industry. Under the terms of the new provision, unregistered skilled workers will not be able to carry out skilled works independently, unless they are operating under “instruction and supervision”.
An exemption exists for workers who are considered to be senior workers, possessing more than ten or more years of experience. In such cases, the worker may be eligible if they register for the “Senior Workers Registration Arrangement” which is open until the end of September 2016.
Chan Ka-Kui, Chairman of the Construction Industry Council, appealed to all senior workers to register before the 30 September 2016 deadline.
Chan also added that the delays by the Legislative Council in approving public works projects in the past two or three years has interrupted the flow of work for professionals and technical staff responsible for project planning. Chan added that University graduates are also facing difficulty when sourcing employment and stressed that the industry relies on a sustainable and stable volume construction works, and appealed for expedient funding approval by LegCo members to avoid any further impacts on other trades.