Employment of Foreign Workers in Macau Casinos Decreased by 33% After COVID

The number of non-resident employees employed by six casino concessionaires in Macau has decreased by 32.6% since 2019 as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.

The information was provided by the Deputy Director of the Macau Labor Affairs Bureau (DSAL) Jung Woo Chan earlier this month and made public this week in response to a written question from fellow legislator Lei Chang Woo.

According to DSAL, as of December 31, 2021, 23,676 non-resident employees, also known as blue card holders, worked in concessionaires and other hotels with casinos, compared to 35,110 in 2019, before the COVID-19 pandemic. A total of 11,434 nonresident employees have quit during this time.

The priority of local employees is mentioned in the Macau Gambling Law with recent amendments to the law, currently the Legislative Assembly is placing additional emphasis on encouraging the promotion of local residents compared to foreigners.

DSAL said it would strive to “ensure priority and permanent employment of local employees” and “review labor market conditions in a timely manner to regulate the number of non-local employees.”

Regarding future employment opportunities in the Macau IR sector, DSAL stated:

“If there are suitable or sufficient local employees for the relevant positions, the application of non-local employees with the relevant professions will not be approved, or the company will be obliged to arrange for the relevant foreign employees to leave the field. The number of non-local employees will be [reduced], and local employees will be given priority in employment.”

Source: Inside Asian Gaming

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