Aeronautics has been identified as one of the rising industries in Hong Kong, mainly due to the increasing number of flights and cruises stopping in Hong Kong from China.
However, the logistics sector has to tackle the issue of labour shortage, which could potentially cripple growth. There is a lack of talents and semi-skilled workers to meet the rise in demand, and the government has to act before the workforce issue affects the entire logistics industry.
The government should encourage youths to take up technical or engineering education and help semi-skilled workers further upgrade their skills. Given the unemployment rate for youths in 2012 is 7.7 percent, these unemployed youths could find more opportunities in the logistics sector, where jobs come with a steady salary, continuous career development and good promotion prospects.
In order to expand Hong Kong’s logistics sector, the government should place a greater emphasis on logistics careers and promote the skills needed in schools to train youths to fill the gap of skilled and semi-skilled workers needed by the industry.