Hong Kong’s Labour and Welfare Bureau yesterday issued a list of professions needed most for the territory’s economic development as the precursor to a global talent search.
Among the 11 professions listed are marine insurance professionals, naval architects, ship superintendents and marine engineers. Under the Quality Migrant Admission Scheme, which has an annual quota of 1,000, successful applicants are not required to have secured an offer of local employment for settlement in Hong Kong. For applicants who meet the specifications of the respective professions under the “Talent List”, bonus marks will be given under the General Points Test of the QMAS.
Other professions included on the List that may have practical applications in the marine industry include innovation and technology experts and experienced data scientists and cyber security specialists.
One main advantage of the scheme is that an employer of a successful applicant would not have to apply to the immigration department for approval to employ the applicant.
In a recent interview with this website the Head of Marine Underwriting Global Corporate & Commercial at international insurer Generali, Alvin Chan, lamented the lack of up and coming talent in the marine insurance sector.
The chief secretary for Administration and Chairman of the Human Resources Planning Commission, Mr Matthew Cheung Kin-chung, said, “Hong Kong welcomes talents from all over the world with valuable skills, knowledge and experience to work here, bringing their talent into full play and further developing their careers. The promulgation of the Talent List is one of our major initiatives to enhance our competitive advantages in attracting international talents, creating cluster effects, stimulating the development of local talents and propelling Hong Kong forward.”
Bjorn Hojgaard, chief executive of ship management firm, Anglo Eastern Group welcomed the scheme. “The initiative recognises the shortage of local talent in the area of ship superintendents and marine engineers, and is taking the sort of action we welcome,” he said.