To encourage and support young people to work and pursue their career in the Mainland cities of the Greater Bay Area ("GBA"), the Chief Executive announced in the 2020 Policy Address the launch of the Greater Bay Area Youth Employment Scheme ("the Scheme") to encourage enterprises with operation in both Hong Kong and the GBA to recruit and deploy local university/ tertiary institution graduates to work in the Mainland cities of the GBA. The Scheme will provide 2 000 places, around 700 of which are designated for innovation and technology (I&T) posts*.
The objectives of the development of the GBA are to further deepen cooperation amongst Guangdong, Hong Kong and Macao, promote coordinated regional economic development, leverage their complementary advantages, and develop an international first-class bay area for living, working and travelling. The GBA, one of the most open and economically vibrant regions in China, has many opportunities to offer and has huge development potential and will provide young people with more and greater room for development.
Hong Kong residents holding bachelor's degrees or above awarded by local universities/ tertiary institutions or universities/ tertiary institutions outside Hong Kong in 2019 to 2021 are eligible to join the Scheme.
The participating enterprises shall engage the eligible graduates under the Hong Kong Law, offering them a monthly salary of not less than HK$18,000 and shall station the graduates in GBA to work and receive on-the-job training. The Government will grant a monthly allowance of HK$10,000 to the enterprises for each graduate engaged up to 18 months.
* I&T posts include, but are not limited to, work related to research and development, information technology, data analysis, system development, digital marketing, engineering, information security, as well as technology-related intellectual property, and technology transfer.