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How Do We Analyse Manpower Dynamics ?

VTC assesses the manpower demand for 24 major industry sectors covering more than 80% of the Hong Kong working population. The manpower dynamics of each of the 24 industries in Hong Kong is analysed through manpower survey and manpower update in a 4-year cycle. The manpower survey is a quantitative survey conducted with relevant companies once every 4 years to collect information of employees count, income, education, and so on. The manpower update is conducted twice in the 4-year cycle through focus group meeting with industry representatives and data analytics of major recruitment platforms. The information obtained from both manpower survey and manpower update aims to facilitating the Government and different stakeholders of industries for formulation of manpower and training plan.

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  • Retail Trade
  • 2021 Manpower Update Report

What Really Matters…Is An Experiential Retailing Journey!

The COVID-19 pandemic has sped up a shift from store-based selling to digital and omni-channel retailing. But the reality is that many of the changes wrought by the pandemic to buying behaviours, channel mixes and business models were underway long before the pandemic. The pandemic only accelerated these trends, driving an unprecedented level of urgency to retailers’ actions. As technology advances, retailers should not focus only on technology application but on how to use it to deliver an experiential retailing journey that connects the online world to an in-person experience in a right-sized, technology-enabled, service-driven store. Therefore, employees with IT talents, online-to-offline (O2O) customer servicing and digital marketing strategies, and an agile mindset for business transformation are in high demand in the manpower pool, while companies should have the retailing infrastructure enhanced to offer a satisfying omni-channel retailing experience.

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  • Import/ Export/ Wholesale Trades
  • 2020 Manpower Survey Report

Digital Application Skills for Future Development of Industry

The pandemic crisis accelerated the adoption and implementation of many technologies and catalysed some huge changes in the industry. Spurred by social distancing and lockdown measures amid the pandemic, the demand for e-commerce rose sharply. The pandemic also accelerated the B2B world moving online, and B2B trade decision are becoming more data-driven and less dependent on traditional one-to-one sales model. Momentum in e-commerce trade in the global marketplace is expected to accelerate further.

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  • Catering
  • 2021 Manpower Update Report

Blazing New Trails

While the catering industry was panting from the social incident and the downfall of the local economy since mid-2019, the COVID-19 crisis took its toll on the sector just as severely as the other hospitality industry partners have been facing from early 2020. Industry personnel have displayed resilience over rough waters. While battling against the unprecedented storm, creativity, flexibility and agility come into play. The industry has been capitalising on the demand shift and incorporated new ways to stay afloat on likely opportunities.

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  • Hotel
  • 2021 Manpower Update Report

Road to Recovery

Similar to other industries facing the legacy of the pandemic and volatile economic environment, hotel careers will be demanding and challenging. With the abundant career development opportunities to be unveiled in the Greater Bay Area, the industry opens doors for those who are willing to explore beyond the local market.

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  • Maritime Services
  • 2020 Manpower Survey Report

New Blood Particularly Required for the Local Vessel Sector

Among the four sectors of the industry, the Local Vessel sector had the highest percentage of ageing staff (i.e. more than 40% of their staff were over the age of 55). The sector is expected to undergo technological transformation with the introduction of new high-speed ferries which requires the operators to master new navigation skills and maintenance knowledge. To ease the ageing problem and adapt to the application of new technology, new blood is particularly required for this sector.

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  • Print Media and Publishing
  • 2020 Manpower Survey Report

Industries Transform for a Technology-driven Life

The 2020 survey reveals the updated manpower changes of the print media and publishing industries under the impact of COVID-19 pandemic and industry consolidation. Despite the overall manpower drops in the past few years, the industries transform further towards the directive of technological advancement in areas such as Industry 4.0, e-commerce, digital printing, e-publishing and e-learning in order to keep up with the public’s demand for a more technology-driven life.

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  • Transport and Logistics
  • 2021 Manpower Update Report

Embrace Digitalisation & Build Multidisciplinary Talents

Digitalisation has transformed the position of freight transport companies into one-stop service providers, offering global solutions from container and bulk cargo movement to supply chain management and last mile delivery. The industry has to embrace the magnitude of technology innovations to facilitate internal and external communications and increase the speed of decision making to retain customers and develop new business. Additionally, the continuous transformation of the industry requires industry talents to have diversified multidisciplinary skills.

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  • Electronics and Telecommunications
  • 2020 Manpower Survey Report

Making Use of Mainland China’s Favorable Policies

Strong support of the Government and active participation of enterprises have proven to be the key to success for most of the innovative cities in the world. Hong Kong should make use of Mainland China’s favorable policies, advantages of an international financial center and regional cooperation toward its development of innovation and technology. The Government needs to make innovation and technology a priority from resources for research and development, technology talent, investment funding, infrastructure, legislation and regulations and science education.

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  • Manufacturing Technology
  • 2021 Manpower Update Report

No Longer a Blue Collar but Innovative and Tech-driven

An important way for Hong Kong’s manufacturing technology industry to enhance its industrial competitiveness is to exercise innovative power in high-value added products and nurture a good mix of a tech-savvy team specialising in Industry 4.0, the inevitable trend to go for manufacturers, with a team of multi-disciplinary talents professional in international project management. These ingredients blending together will bring out the innovation-centric and technological image and career of the manufacturing technology industry, which attract new entrants to join.

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  • Jewellery, Watch and Clock
  • 2020 Manpower Survey Report

Industry’s “New Normal” – Digital Transformation

The severe coronavirus epidemic and Sino-US trade frictions have dealt a heavy blow to the jewellery, watch and & clock and optical industries. At the same time, it has also accelerated the “digital transformation” of the industries to sustain business development. Under the "New Normal", the industries continue exploring new opportunities, producing and introducing fashionable and personalised products, actively engaging online trading platforms as well as strengthening the use of omni-channels for sales and promotion. With the evolution and rapid development of the industries, a consistent supply of manpower is needed. Practitioners are also required to equip themselves with robust industry knowledge and emerging skills so as to cultivate a customer-oriented mindset. In the long run, this helps facilitate the jewellery, watch & clock and optical industries to develop continuously and move forward.

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