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In a timely boost to Hong Kong’s battered economy and those struggling to secure employment, property giant New World Development has announced it will hold a private sector jobs fair on 13 March 2021.

It is tipped to create around 1000 new jobs.

Few sectors were hit as hard by the pandemic as travel, retail and hospitality. However one of the aims of the job fair is to encourage the transfer of job skills are transferable. A broad range of jobs will be on offer, including travel development strategists, nurses, pharmacists, wealth management consultants, chefs, engineers and security guards.

As well as positions in digital media, online promotion, marketing, occupational health and safety, property management and customer service.

“Business leaders should be the engine to provide innovative solutions for the society. The pandemic has affected jobs across sectors, and businesses with resources have the responsibility to help,” said Adrian Cheng, NWD’s executive vice-chairman and CEO.

“We are creating nearly 1000 jobs for people in Hong Kong to not only support the group’s long-term growth, but also create opportunities and a sense of hope, especially for those who have been made unemployed or experiencing difficulties in searching for a job,” he added.

NWD is a strong advocate for female leadership and improving gender diversity in the workplace, an initiative, it says, which will also be reflected in these new hires. The company reported that female representation at its senior management levels at has increased from 35% to almost 40% over the past six months.

In April 2020, it promoted its long-time HR professional, Jenny Chiu, to the board.

Also read: Senior HR pro joins the boards at New World Development

The roles on offer will predominantly be at the property developer’s subsidiaries including New World Property Management, Gleneagles Hospital Hong Kong, Hong Kong Golf & Tennis Academy, Hip Hing Construction, Vibro and FTLife.

Applications will be accepted from people from all backgrounds, from new graduates to those unfortunate to have lost their jobs. The job fair, with the theme of Create Jobs – Spark Hope, will take place at K11 Atelier King's Road, Quarry Bay.