Background and Objectives

To address the manpower shortage of the construction sector, the Government together with the construction industry and the labour sector have been adopting a multi-pronged approach, which focuses on enhancing training and encouraging the industry to adopt innovative technologies with a view to increasing the local manpower supply.  The Government launches the Labour Importation Scheme for the Construction Sector (“Construction Sector Scheme”) is a supplementary measure.  On the premise of safeguarding the employment priority for local workers, it allows importation of labour at an appropriate scale to fill in the temporary manpower gap, so as to avoid any bottleneck caused by manpower shortage to the economic and infrastructural development of Hong Kong.

Main Features of the Scheme

The Construction Sector Scheme has the following key features –

Eligibility for Application

1)Eligible Applicants

Applications for importation quota should be submitted by the principal contractor of eligible works contract.

2)Labour to be imported under the Construction Sector Scheme

of the eligible trades/disciplines as promulgated by the Development Bureau (DEVB) at the designated webpages of the Construction Sector Scheme.

3)Eligible Works Contracts

Application results

Please click here for the application results of the Scheme.

The Scheme is open for application on a quarterly basis. 

Application and Enquiry

  1. Application Period and Notification of Results

    Save for other period(s) as announced by the DEVB separately if deemed necessary, applications will normally be accepted on a quarterly basis in the months of January, April, July and October each year.

    Application Period Opening day of application Closing day of application
    January First calendar day of the month 5:00 pm on the last calendar day of the month (in case the last calendar day falls on Saturday or public holiday, the closing date and time will be extended to 5:00 pm on the next working day)

    Upon receipt of the application documents and information submitted by the applicant, the Permanent Secretary for Development (Works) approves or refuses applications for quota after considering the advice of the Inter-departmental Committee.  The processing of applications will be completed within two-month time after the closing of the application period.  Applicants will be notified of the application results in writing.  Please refer to the “Guidance Notes for Application for Labour Importation Quota” for details of the application.

  2. Application Documents and Forms

    Name of Documents/Forms Documents/Forms Number Downloadable File
    1. Guidance Notes for Application for Labour Importation Quota (October 2023)
    –– PDF pdf
    1. Labour Importation Scheme for the Construction Sector Application Form (October 2023)
    DEVB-CSS-1_e PDF pdf
    1. Annex I – Particulars of Employer(s) of the Imported Labour (October 2023)
    DEVB-CSS-1a_e PDF pdf
    1. Annex II – Manpower Plan of the Works Contract (October 2023)
    DEVB-CSS-1b_e PDF pdf
    1. Annex III – Confirmation Form on Local Recruitment (January 2024)
    DEVB-CSS-1c_e PDF pdf
    1. Annex IV – Imported labour to work in the construction site(s) of the “Supplementary Contract(s)” under the applicant (October 2023)
    DEVB-CSS-1d_e PDF pdf
    1. Sample of Deed of Undertaking for Sub-contractor (October 2023)
    DEVB-CSS-2_e PDF pdf
    1. Request Form for Adding Special Trade/Discipline to the List of Eligible Trades/Disciplines
    DEVB-CSS-3_e PDF pdf
    1. Declaration and Authorisation Form
    DEVB-CSS-8c-1 PDF pdf
    1. Joint Declaration Form on Importing Labour from the Mainland to Hong Kong
    DEVB-CSS-8c-2 (Chinese version only)
    1. Application for Review of Quota Application Result
    DEVB-CSS-9_e PDF pdf
    1. Acknowledgment Record of Employment Contract
    DEVB-CSS-17_e PDF pdf
    1. Notice of Termination of Employment of Imported Labour
    DEVB-CSS-18 (Chinese version only)
    1. Application for Replacement of Imported Labour
    DEVB-CSS-18-1 (Chinese version only)
    1. Application for Change of Approval Conditions/ Employment Terms
    DEVB-CSS-20 (Chinese version only)
    1. Confirmation from Imported Labour on the Changes to Information related to the Standard Employment Contract
    DEVB-CSS-21 (Chinese version only)
    1. List of Trades/Disciplines in the Construction Industry Eligible for Labour Importation and the Corresponding Employment Terms including the Prevailing Median Monthly Wages of Local Labour in Similar Positions
    –– PDF pdf
    1. Frequently Asked Questions and Answers (FAQ)
    –– (Chinese version only)

    Note: The webpage will be updated regularly with more information

Reference Materials

  1. A briefing session was held by the DEVB for the construction sector on 9 October 2023 to share the common findings identified in the 2023 first round application and to highlight the key points that applicants should pay special attention to. Applicant may download the Powerpoint slides of this briefing session. (Chinese only)
  2. Anti-corruption Materials

Points to Note

Applicants must –

  1. conduct local recruitment within four months preceding the date of application for importation quota.  The local recruitment should be conducted through the channels specified in the “Guidance Notice for Application for Labour Importation Quota”, and that the salary of the post(s) under recruitment is/are no less than the prevailing median monthly wage level(s) of the relevant post(s) of local labour as promulgated by DEVB.  Details are available in the “Guidance Notice for Application for Labour Importation Quota” and other relevant documents in the table above; and
  2. make prior accommodation arrangement for the imported labour, applicants are required to provide the address(es) of the accommodation arranged for the imported labour in the application form.  If applicants/employers arrange accommodation for their imported labour within Hong Kong, they can opt for the designated quarter(s) for the purpose of the Construction Sector Scheme or on-site quarter(s) provided by and at construction sites of the applicants.  Please call our enquiry hotline for more details on the arrangement for the designated quarters and on-site quarters.

Should you have any enquiries, please contact us through the following means –


Development Bureau (Works Policies 1 Section)

15/F, West Wing, Central Government Offices, 2 Tim Mei Avenue, Tamar, Hong Kong

3199 7128
(9:00am to 6:00pm, Monday to Saturday, except Public Holidays)

Fax: 2882 7152

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