Macau gaming sector loses more than 1,200 full-time workers in H1

The number of full-time workers in the Macau gaming sector fell by 1,247 in the first half of 2022, while average earnings, excluding bonuses, also declined during the period.

It follows a “survey on manpower demand and wages” for the industry released by the city’s National Statistical Office on Friday. The survey is published twice a year.

The Macau gaming sector’s full-time worker tally fell 2.3% to 53,592 at the end of June, compared with 54,839 in December 2021.

At the end of June, 24,093 dealers were employed in Macau, down 1.3% from December 2021.

The National Statistical Office said the “impact” of the COVID-19 pandemic had “maintained relatively low demand for staff in the gaming sector” during the second quarter of 2022.

Macau’s casinos continued to operate in low profit conditions in the first half of 2022 amid COVID-19 warnings and outbreaks in Macau or mainland China. Since the onset of the pandemic, mainland China has been the only place to sign a largely isolated free travel deal with Macau.

In Macau, where the COVID-19 outbreak began on June 18 and took more than a month for authorities to control, the city’s casinos were closed for 12 days in July as a precaution.

The average monthly wage for full-time employees was $23,270 ($2,909) in June, compared to $23,700 in December last year, according to a recent employee and wage survey for the gaming sector.

During the period, dealers’ average earnings fell 3.2% to MOP19,370. 슬롯머신

The quarterly survey does not include VIP gambling junket promoters or junket-related staff.

At the end of the second quarter, there were only 19 vacancies in the gaming sector, down from 59 vacancies in December last year.

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