Survey Results on Employment Concerns and Manpower Training released

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The Census and Statistics Department released today (July 4) the findings of two surveys related to employment concerns and manpower training.

Among these two surveys, the Household Survey focused on the employment concerns and training needs of the labour force, and was commissioned by the Department during the third quarter of 2002. At a response rate of 72%, a total of 8 000 households were successfully enumerated for their views on a wide range of issues of concern to persons in the labour force, including challenges/problems encountered in the current jobs, perceived prospects of the currently engaged economic sectors and occupation categories, impact brought about by corporate restructuring since 2001, personal career aspirations, experience in and aspirations for working in the Mainland, and experience in and plan for attending job-related training/retraining courses.

Separately, the Establishment Survey, which focused on the manpower training and job skills requirements amongst establishments, was conducted during the same period. Specifically, employers were invited to give views on their future manpower requirements, aspirations and preparation in relation to Hong Kong's economic restructuring and China's accession to the World Trade Organisation, manpower training and job skills requirements, and evaluation of their employees' general performance. A total of 4 200 establishments were successfully enumerated, constituting a response rate of 90%.

Summary results of these two surveys are posted on the website of the Department (Address: http://www.info.gov.hk/censtatd/eng/interest/man_proj/man_proj_index.html). More detailed results will be given in the "Thematic Household Survey Report No. 13: Employment Concerns and Training Needs of the Labour Force" and the "Report on 2002 Establishment Survey on Manpower Training and Job Skills Requirements". The hardcopy of these reports will be available for sale later this month, while the softcopy can be purchased online today.

The hardcopy of the above two reports can be purchased in person from the following venues later this month:

(i) Government Publications Centre, Ground Floor, Low Block, Queensway Government Offices, 66 Queensway, Hong Kong (Tel.: 2537 1910); or

(ii) Publications Unit of the Census and Statistics Department, 19th Floor, Wanchai Tower, 12 Harbour Road, Wan Chai, Hong Kong (Tel.: 2582 3025).

Internet users may now purchase these reports online at the "Statistical Bookstore, Hong Kong" (Address: http://www.statisticalbookstore.gov.hk) with payment made instantly. Softcopies of the reports purchased are available for immediate downloading. The Statistical Bookstore is hosted on the ESD portal (Address: http://www.esd.gov.hk) together with other public services.

A mail order form for ordering or arranging subscription to hardcopies of publications is available in most publications of the Census and Statistics Department. It may be completed and sent back together with a cheque or bank draft covering all necessary cost and postage. The order form is also available for downloading from the website of the Department (Address: http://www.info.gov.hk/censtatd/eng/service_desk/forms_index.html).

Enquiries about the results of the Household Survey and Establishment Survey may be directed respectively to the Social Surveys Section (Tel : 2887 5103 or e-mail: thematic@censtatd.gov.hk) and Economic Surveys Development Section (Tel : 2805 6102 or e-mail: manpower-training@censtatd.gov.hk) of the Census and Statistics Department.

End/Friday, July 4, 2003

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