2002 Establishment Survey on Manpower Training and Job Skills Requirements

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The Census and Statistics Department announced today (July 17) the commencement of the 2002 Establishment Survey on Manpower Training and Job Skills Requirements.

2. The aim of the survey is to ascertain the perceptions and expectations of employers on their manpower training and job skills requirements over the medium term. The information collected will provide important data for formulation of manpower training strategy in Hong Kong.

3. About 5 500 establishments in various economic sectors will be enumerated in the survey. A questionnaire has been sent to these establishments in mid July 2002. The establishments are requested to complete the questionnaire and return it to the Census and Statistics Department on or before 26 July 2002.

4. Information to be sought in the survey includes general information on the establishment; aspirations and preparation in relation to Hong Kong's economic restructuring and China's accession to the World Trade Organization; manpower requirements; training requirements, etc.

5. The survey is conducted under Part IIIA of the Census and Statistics Ordinance (Chapter 316). It is a voluntary statistical survey notified in the Government Notice No. 3380 in the Government of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region Gazette of 7 June 2002. In accordance with the provisions of the Ordinance, the collected information relating to individual establishments will be kept in strict confidence and will be used for statistical purposes only. Only aggregate data, which do not reveal details of individual establishments, will be released.

6. The Acting Commissioner for Census and Statistics, Mr Fung Hing-wang, appealed to the management of all selected establishments to fulfill their social responsibilities by returning promptly the completed questionnaire to the Census and Statistics Department. He also appealed to the senior management of these establishments to spend a few moments to complete the questionnaire themselves, as their opinions are vital to the survey.

7. If necessary, officers of the Census and Statistics Department will visit individual establishments and assist them in completing the questionnaire. These officers will each carry a Government Identity Card and a certificate for conducting the survey, which are available for inspection.

8. Enquiries regarding the survey may be directed to the Economic Surveys Development Section of the Census and Statistics Department (telephone: 2805 6102 or e-mail: manpower-training@censtatd.gov.hk).

End/Wednesday, July 17, 2002

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