The Employment Support Scheme (ESS) was approved by the Finance Committee of Legislative Counsel of the HKSAR on 18 April 2020. The objective of the ESS is to provide financial support to employers to pay staff wages and maintain employment.  

In a nutshell, private sector employers that have been making Mandatory Provident Fund contributions or set up an Occupational Retirement Schemes Ordinance (ORSO) scheme for employees are eligible to apply for the subsidy. The subsidy is 50% of actual wages paid in a specified month for a maximum period of 6 months, and the subsidy is capped at HK$9,000 per employee per month. Details regarding the application and payment process will be released in due course. 

Employers are actively discussing the subsidy, including whether to apply and how the “no redundancies” undertaking might impact their current plans. There are various considerations such as eligibility, whether to seek government support, the financial impact, and operational matters. We have prepared a pamphlet to share are initial insights and information on what we know about the ESS at this point. 

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