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Total employment in the private sector across Hong Kong rose by +1.9% in March 2014, compared with the same month last year, according to the figures from the Census and Statistics Department. The total number of vacancies was 77,790, representing a decrease of -3% compared with last year.
Increases in employment were mainly recorded in accommodation services (covering hotels, guesthouses, boarding houses and other establishments providing short term accommodation) (+5.9%); arts, entertainment, recreation and other services (+5.6%); human health services (+4.9%); information and communications (+4.6%) and professional and business services (excluding cleaning and similar services) (+4.4%).
Employment decreased, however, in wholesale (-1%); import and export trade (-0.9%), and residential care and social work services (-0.9%).
Among the 77,790 private sector vacancies, 15,870 were from the industry of food and beverage services; 9,680 from the retail trade; 8,150 from the professional and business services (excluding cleaning and similar services); 7,970 from the import and export trade; and 4,260 from the arts, entertainment, recreation and other services.
The greatest increases in job vacancies were noted in food and beverage services (+13%); professional and business services (excluding cleaning and similar services) (+12%); construction sites (manual workers only) (+75%); manufacturing (+23%), and transportation, storage, postal and courier services (+16%).
Decreases were reported in the arts, entertainment, recreation and other services (-39%); and human health services (-64%).