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Radical change in HK job market

As a review of the year-old minimum wage moves nearer, bosses in Hong Kong say the law is shaking up the city’s labour market in unexpected ways.

Workers toiling in physically demanding jobs are looking for easier posts, older staff are being edged out by younger colleagues with more qualifications and some new workers are earning about the same as their supervisors, according to employers’ representatives.

Dishwashers, couriers and taxi drivers are becoming building security guards, managers say, leaving the physical toil to older workers who lack qualifications and have few alternatives. Applications for a government security personnel permit – a must for any security guard – stood at 3,699 last April, just before the minimum wage came in, but rose to more than 5,000 by August.

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