Want to learn more about starting an employment agency in Hong Kong? You came to the right place! To begin with, what is an employment agency anyways? An employment agency is basically the messenger or the middleman between the employer and potential employee. The Hong Kong Employment Ordinance defines it as “an establishment or person who aims at obtaining employment for another person or supplying personnel to an employer.” An employment agency can also be called the following:
The placement made by the employment agency can be both local and foreign candidates. The positions and roles for placement can be junior level or senior management. In Hong Kong, the majority of the employment agencies are subjected to an employment agency license application. This happens through the Hong Kong Labor Department. So, any company or person needs to obtain a license before they can start doing business involving job placement.
There are some employment agencies that do not need a license. Instead, these employment agencies apply for something called ‘Certificate of Exemption of License’ from the Labor Department. This includes agencies operated by:
When applying for the employment agency license, there are some prerequisites that need to be followed.