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After the company formation process is completed, the next question is “how to hire workers in Hong Kong”. I will introduce 4 hiring platforms on this page for easy reference.

Most Startup / SME will prefer to save cost and they will often start with platforms which are free of charge. Hence, the free job posting system maintained by the Hong Kong Labour Department is always the top pick.  Before you can place an advertisment on this websitem you have to provide the labour department with your business registration license. They will also ask for a simple background check before they create an advertisement account for you. For each job posting, you can expect around 10 – 15 applications, and you can often find cheap labours from this free system.

If you are looking for candidates who can communicate in English fluently, Indeed is an ideal platform. Indeed platform works like a search engine. You can post an advertisement free of charge while you can also choose to sponsor your post to boost its exposure. From our experience, each free job posting can usually attract 5 – 8 candidates.  To create an account at Indeed, you will need to provide them with your business registration license.

If you cannot find any ideal candidates from the above platforms, you can consider Jobsdb. Jobsdb is probably the most popular hiring platform in Hong Kong.  Each advertisement can attract around 50 – 100 resumes. However, this platform is quite expensive. They often made you to purchase a bundled package while the bundled package has a relatively short validity period.

The last platform I want to mention is Classified post. If you are looking for professional candidates with solid working experience, you can often put your advertisements on the Classified post of the South China Morning Post. Get Started HK hired a few practising Accountants and Chartered secretaries through this channel in the past. However, entrepreneurs shall understand that this group of professional candidates usually ask for higher salary.

As a reminder, an employer should seek only those personal data that are necessary to enable a hiring decision to be made.  During the job interview, employer should not request for a copy of applicant’s identity card, detailed personal information, unless it is relevant to the selection process.

From our experience, entrepreneurs may want to avoid asking for information related to

  • Nationality
  • Marital status
  • Disability
  • Religion
  • Sexual orientation

If the above is necessary, it would be the best to state the reason on the application form to avoid dispute. For details, please click here to check out information from the Equal Opportunity Committee.

Click here for details of the Employment Ordinance in Hong Kong.