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Finding an Expat Job in Hong Kong

Finding an Expat Job in Hong Kong

Hong Kong contains one of the largest skilled expat populations in the world. There is an abundance of expat career opportunities in Hong Kong for overseas job hunters – from multinational corporations to start-ups. There are plenty of jobs in Hong Kong for English speakers, and Chinese language experts alike.

Finding work in Hong Kong- prior to making the move

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The Hong Kong government is still encouraging the influx of foreign skilled workers

Having a great resume is very important, to start with. If done ineffectively, your resume can be the reason why you get an early rejection for a job that you have won.

Use any personal contacts that you have to make introductions in the right company. This is more important in Hong Kong than most destinations where a connection can be the difference between success and failure in the job hunt. This applies both to expat and local recruiters. You can connect will other expats and recruiters in Hong Kong via our LinkedIn Group and on Facebook.

There is a strong chance that you won’t get any sort of serious response until you are actually present here in Hong Kong. If you have a very specific skill then your chances are better, but for most job seekers, a flight to Hong Kong will be necessary.

Make sure that you do some research of the market you’re looking to work in. Understand the current issues and challenges that companies might be facing, so that you can convey how hiring you for the job in Hong Kong can help. Market knowledge can also help compensate for lack of regional experience.

Once you’ve arrived Hong Kong

Once you’re living in Hong Kong, you can really make an impact. From the start, visiting networking events and making friends can really help. Networking is of upmost importance here. As mentioned earlier, having a personal connection will act in your favour in most instances.

For a comprehensive list of jobs available for expats in Hong Kong, visit Gateway Global Careers. 

The people who have their ear to the ground are recruiters like Michael Page and Robert Walters. You will normally need to do a preliminary interview to see if you qualify for one or more of their jobs in their portfolio.

Going to HR decision-makers directly can be very helpful. You can often find the right contact on Linked In.

Visa for working in Hong Kong

Once you’ve accepted this will be conditional, based on the successful issue of an visa. This can take anything from a few days to a couple of weeks to come though so you may need to sit tight for a start date.

For more information on visas, check out our visa section.

A growing need for expat workers in Hong Kong

In 2012 the Hong Kong Government highlighted a skilled employee shortfall of 14,000 by 2018 and has committed itself to increasing incentives for foreign skilled workers to move to and work in Hong Kong. Hence, there are opportunities out there. Don’t expect overnight success. Job-hunting anywhere in the world is hard work and can consume days. Expect to search for at least three months. Persistence is the key, and not taking rejections to heart.

24 Responses to Finding an Expat Job in Hong Kong

  1. Mohit September 10, 2012 at 7:16 am #


    Currently i am staying in india and wanted to work in Hong kong, I do have the 6 years of work experience in BPO industry but i am ready to work in sales or marketing sector or kind of supervisor job becasue I do have the experince in team handling from past 3 years.
    Kindly suggest me to get the suitable job in hong kong. If required i am ready to send resume.

  2. sujith January 21, 2013 at 5:53 am #

    Hi … I am from india & I am having 3 years IT exp in .net …

    please suggest can I find IT jobs in HK & how about IT demand in HK.

  3. mudassar khan February 12, 2013 at 5:22 am #

    i want to visa in hong kong

  4. kishore February 21, 2013 at 8:14 pm #

    i am planning to relocate myself to overseas for better opportunities. Also thought of Hong Kong. I visited various consultants offices in india. But they was not given me proper view for hong kong opportunities. i was not knowing the reason. Is it difficult to get job offers in your country? I have 8 yrs experience in hotels industry and also 2 yrs of insurance sales and currently working as area sales manager for a media company in India. Done bachelor degree in commerce and diploma in hotel management of 3 yrs each. I am looking for fast process to get opportunities. please let me know the best solutions to get into hong kong.

  5. anju March 7, 2013 at 3:06 pm #

    i wat to visa in hong kong and also want to do a job in hong kong ……i am pursuing in electronic and communication engieering in 6th sem…and got 81% marks …..

  6. Iain Kimmins March 8, 2013 at 9:42 pm #

    Great article. I am looking into the possibility of relocating to Hong Kong. I currently have around 30 applications with various agencies. I work in the retail field of Visual Merchandising and there seems to be more job opportunities in the Far East than the UK. It appears to be quite tough to get into Singapore but Hong Kong and China are on the up!

  7. Narissa Castillo March 18, 2013 at 6:36 am #

    Hi, I’m narissa Castillo,33yrs.old presently residing here in UAE,I’m looking at opportunities, I have over 5years experience as a sales girl in my core area in the Philippine,2years in Saudi Arabia,4years in Qatar,and 4yaers in UAE as a baby sitter,…I’m finish in high school I can speak English and Arabic,I’m flexible and willing to explore option in my works that should me the right path furthering my career… Please contact me in this number to get in touch..0551662187.

    Thanks a lot.

  8. teraytaray March 27, 2013 at 9:34 am #

    you seem to have a very good background, searchonline some recruitment agencies that specializes in your field.
    i don’t know about people “loving” it here. apartment/flat rentals is expensive, commuting is easy and not expensive, food is expensive if you do not like fastfoods. crime is very low, cinema tickets is about USD10.00, drinks at the bar is USD6 (beer) cocktails more expensive.
    don’t get me wrong, i do not hate hong kong, it’s a great place if you make big bucks, do ot pay for your own accommodation, not crazy about dining/going out regularly, buying luxury items, you’ll save a lot.

  9. Bhubaneswar March 29, 2013 at 7:42 am #

    I am eager to work in Hongkong. I basic skills is Graduate B.Com/Computer Diploma/ Work in Malaria Office for 4 yrs/ Driving etc.

  10. Jeffery March 30, 2013 at 7:23 pm #

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  11. C.Fok April 4, 2013 at 2:35 am #

    Hi,I’m a Chinese who live in the U.S. for almost 20 years,I’m a Surgeon,working in Stanford currently.I’m a United States citizen.I have the U.S. passport.I’m willing to back to HK and work there.I’m not a Hong Konger,I was a mainlander.How can I find a medical job and apply for a work visa?

  12. Alex April 4, 2013 at 11:46 am #

    Good article with some useful ideas. The key thing it to have perseverance while looking for a job in HK. Some good starting points would be to join some AMCHAM and CANCHAM events. They have monthly events that you can join for a small fee. These are great for building a network in HK and adding these new contacts on Linked in

  13. Sanya Jain April 12, 2013 at 9:19 am #

    Great article. I am a graduate in design, and have three years of experience as a apparel designer. I am planning to relocate in Hong Kong for better opportunities, I have applied for a few jobs in Hong Kong, but haven’t received any reply. How can I go about the whole thing in a better way?

  14. zulfiqar ahmed beg April 20, 2013 at 9:42 am #

    Hi I am MBA n 18 years sales n marketing experince .I want Job in Hong Kong .

  15. jacquesss May 7, 2013 at 3:21 am #

    Looking for banking/portfoliio management work in hong kong. I have four years’ experience and don’t really know where to start the job search process in HK?

  16. Carl May 7, 2013 at 10:31 am #


    I from Sweden but I got a HK citizenship because my parents are from HK. And I want to move to HK where I got some relatives. But I only got a High School degree and is a Uni. drop out.
    I can speak and write Swedish and English, and also I can speak but not write Cantonese,
    I was wondering if it is possible for me to survive in HK, I am willing to do almost any kind of work. Am I realistically going to be able to feed myself and have a place to live?


  17. Onthemove May 22, 2013 at 11:09 pm #

    I’m currently in discussion with my company who want to send me out to HK and amongst other things they are suggesting that because there are more public holidays there, my accrued holidays are to be reduced by 5 days as a result.
    Does anyone have any experience with this please?

    • migs May 30, 2013 at 1:53 am #

      hi, may I know from what company are you? thanks

    • Bukit Timah June 22, 2013 at 11:38 pm #

      I would suggest that you Google the Hong Kong SAR’s Government website for the Labour Department.
      That will link to the Employment Ordinance, Cap 57, Laws of Hong Kong.
      You will find the answers to any questions regarding your statutory holidays under HK law there.

  18. carter4 May 31, 2013 at 11:22 pm #

    hi! you said finding a job can take up to three months. i was wondering what if i can only stay in hk for two weeks because of visa restrictions? is it possible to find a job over the internet?

  19. sowjanya June 4, 2013 at 6:48 pm #

    hi… I m a software test engineer and i am working hard to find a job in Hong kong. Kindly help

  20. Rob July 11, 2013 at 10:34 pm #

    Hi, thanks for the great article. Im living in the UK although Im very interested in moving to Hong Kong as my wife would like to go back. I have a Hong Kong Citizenship as my parents are from Hong Kong. I have 5 years experience as a MI Business Analyst using SAS to extract and manipulate data to produce Management Information reports. I can send my CV is there are any good job opportunities.

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