Know the paid leave and other statutory leave rules in Hong Kong

In Hong Kong people work long hours, long work weeks and have limited paid leave. One of the biggest drawbacks if you would ask me. So if you consider moving to Hong Kong, take a look at my summary of the minimum leave employers should provide you. And bare in mind that although most international organisations will have better arrangement for you, most people are only entitled to the minimum.

Rest day –  An employee employed under a continuous contract is entitled to not less than one rest day in every period of seven days. In other words, a workweek can be 6 days in a row.

Statutory Holidays – Throughout the year there are 12 Statutory Holidays on which an employee is free from work (or the employer must provide an alternative holiday). An employee having been employed under a continuous contract for more than three months immediately preceding a statutory holiday is entitled to the holiday pay. The Statutory Holidays can be found here

General Holidays –  In addition to the Statutory Holidays, the government has appointed some other general holidays. Although by law the general holidays are enforced upon banks, schools and government organisations, a lot of other companies/offices give a day off as well.

Paid leave – An employee is entitled to annual leave with pay after having been employed under a continuous contract for every 12 months. An employee’s entitlement to paid annual leave increases progressively from seven days to a maximum of 14 days according to his length of service. That means the first two years only 7 days, 3rd year 8 days etc. until you have 9 or more years and you’ll get 14 days per year.

More details, options, exemptions, pay calculations etc. can be found in the Labour department guide.

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