Employment Contract Details
Employment contracts may be verbal or written in Hong Kong. Professional job contracts are usually in English.
The maximum probation period is 6 months. However, common practice is 3 months.
Minimum Wage Requirements
The minimum wage is HKD 37.50 per hour.
Maximum working hours and overtime
The common practice is to have 40-50 working hours per week and 5 workdays per week. There are no specific requirements regarding overtime work. However, if the employment contract provides payment for overtime work, the employer is legally obligated to provide these wages.
Bonus and Expense Payments
A 13th month, also called an 'End of Year Bonus', is often granted to employees before Chinese New Year, though this can commonly be replaced with a performance-related bonus.
- Maternity Leave: employees are entitled to 14 weeks.
- Paternity Leave: employees are entitled to 5 days.
Employees are entitled to paid sick leave at the rate of 4/5ths of the employee’s average wage over the preceding 12-month period. Entitlement to sick leave may be accumulated at the rate of 2 paid days for each month of service during the first year of employment and at the rate of 4 paid sickness days for each month thereafter, up to a maximum of 120 paid sickness days. The entitlement to sickness pay only applies, however, to periods of absence due to sickness of no less than four consecutive days.