GGRAsia – Non-Resident Macau Casino Staff Down 33% From 2019
Non-resident Macau casino staff down 33% from 2019
At the end of December 2021, Macau had 23,676 non-resident workers – mostly migrants – employed either by “the city’s six casino operators and their subsidiaries” or among “all hotels that housed casinos”. This was 11,434 less, or 32.6% less, compared to the count as of December 31, 2019, i.e. before Covid 19.
The information was given in a written response signed earlier this month by Deputy Director of the Macau Labor Affairs Bureau, Chan Chon U, after an investigation filed by a local lawmaker. The labor official’s response comes in the context of job prospects for Macau permanent residents amid the disruption caused by Covid-19, and this office’s job training support for permanent residents.
Non-resident workers cannot be casino dealers under policy provisions maintained by successive Macau administrations. But many non-residents employed in the resort-casino industry work in roles such as security, hotel housekeeping, food services, and cleaning duties.
In the document, Chan noted that reducing the number of non-resident workers hired by gambling operators would not necessarily lead to a growth in the number of local residents hired.
But the official pointed to the city’s policy to ensure local residents are prioritized for job opportunities.
The office offered job search support to local residents seeking employment with major businesses in the city, including the six casino operators. If there were “adequate or sufficient local employees” who could fill the positions offered by those employers, the bureau would not approve applications from nonresidents to fill those positions, Mr. Chan wrote in the document.
In other developments, Macau saw overall local residents employed in the ‘gaming and junket’ segment contract in Q4 2021, compared to the pre-pandemic period in Q4 2019, according to separate data released. by city statistics. and Census Service. This occupational group represents the largest cohort of permanent residents employed in Macau.
In the context of employment data in Macau, “gaming” refers to licensed gaming operators, and “junket” refers to licensed gaming promoters who are not fully fledged casino operators in Macau, but provide usually high roller players from mainland China, to the city’s casino businesses.
In the fourth quarter of 2021, 71,900 local residents were employed in the “gaming and junket” segment. That tally was 6,900 fewer than in the fourth quarter of 2019, according to Census Service data.
The collaboration between Macau’s casino operators and government-licensed VIP gambling promoters – also known as junkets, and traditionally a source of much of Macau’s high roller gambling – has for the most have been suspended for now, according to various statements made recently by the city’s casino operators.