Macau: new hirings in gaming sector plummet in Q2

With the gaming sector in crisis due to the pandemic, new hirings have fallen.
With the gaming sector in crisis due to the pandemic, new hirings have fallen.

According to the Macau Statistics and Census Bureau, the number of new employees hired in the sector fell 93 per cent.

Macau.- The Statistics and Census Bureau has revealed the number of employees hired in the gaming sector for the second quarter of the year. The tally shows a dramatic fall of 93 per cent compared to the same period in 2019.

According to the figures, only 129 new employees were hired in the quarter ending June 30, while in the same period of last year there were 1,942 new hirings.

The Bureau attributed the plunge to the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic.

DSEC noted that only 25 gaming sector vacancies were available at the end of the second quarter of 2020, while 904 were available at the same point last year. 

Between April and June, the employee recruitment rate reached 0.2 per cent, the employee turnover rate went down to 0.6 per cent, and the job vacancy rate fell to near zero.

By the end of June average earnings excluding the bonuses of full-time employees in gaming dropped by 5.5 per cent year-on-year to MOP23,200 (US$2,900), with average earnings of dealers falling 7.6 per cent to MOP19,270 (US$2,400). 

At the end of the second quarter, the number of full-time employees in the gaming sector had decreased by 381 year-on-year to 57,459, but the number of dealers was up by 131 to 25,344.

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