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.
The Construction Sector Scheme has the following key features –
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
Please click here for the application results of the Scheme.
The Scheme is open for application on a quarterly basis. The third round will be open for application from 1 January to 31 January 2024.
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.
|Opening day of application
|Closing day of application
|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.
Application Documents and Forms
|Name of Documents/Forms
|(Chinese version only)
Note: The webpage will be updated regularly with more information
Applicants must –
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
You may also contact us by completing the online form below –