Macau’s number of non-resident workers fell 2 per cent between the end of January and the end of last month to 189,518, the Labour Affairs Bureau (DSAL) announced today.
Macau’s economy has been severely affected by the novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19) crisis since late January, resulting in the firing of scores of non-resident workers.
Last month’s number of non-resident workers included 115,226 from the Chinese mainland (60.8 per cent of the total), 34,034 from the Philippines, 14,457 from Vietnam, 6,273 from Indonesia, 4,618 from Hong Kong, 4,539 from Nepal, and 3,210 from Myanmar.
Macau’s non-resident workers at the end of last month also included a number of citizens from developed countries, such as the US (253), Japan (193), the UK (192), Australia (163) and Canada (148).
The largest segment of non-resident workers (53,164, or 28 per cent of the total) was employed by hotels, restaurants and similar businesses.
A total of 30,986 were employed as domestic helpers, mostly from the Philippines (17,194), Vietnam (6,810), Indonesia (4,418) and Myanmar (1,731).
A broad sector comprising “recreational, cultural, gaming and other services” employed 15,299 non-resident workers, excluding 1,336 non-resident construction workers who were employed directly by gaming companies, the bureau pointed out.
A total of 2,798 were employed in the education sector, some 66.8 per cent of them from the Chinese mainland and 8.7 per cent from the Philippines. The health and social welfare sector employed 2,691 non-resident workers, 86.2 per cent of them from mainland China.
Five non-resident workers were employed by international and extra-territorial organisations.